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Satellite assembly, integration and test

How does it work?

This interactive animation takes you through each step of Airbus Defence and Space’s communications satellites’ Assembly, Integration & Test (AIT) process: platform integration, coupling, thermal vacuum test, antenna integration and alignment, solar array integration, mechanical and Radio-frequency (RF) testing, and readying for flight configuration.

Interactive animation to take through each step of Airbus Defence and Space’s communications satellites’ Assembly, Integration & Test (AIT) processAll Airbus Defence and Space communications satellites are assembled, integrated and tested in cleanrooms at the company’s Toulouse site, the component parts having arrived from sites in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. The AIT process lasts between six and nine months, depending on the complexity of the satellite.

Satellites cannot be tested in flight, so tests have to take place which simulate the extreme conditions of the launch and orbital environment as realistically as possible.

 

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Telecommunications Assembly, Integration & Testing