Successful Fit and Function Test With Masten's Xaero Vehicle (January 2011)
Early January 2011, the Flight Opportunities Program - CRuSR team passed an important milestone with the completion of the fit and function test of two initial payloads (ADS-B and SFEM) in the Masten Space Systems vehicle, Xaero. The two issues to be resolved were would everything fit in the payload canister of the Xaero vehicle and would any of the payloads interfere with the operation of the vehicle avionics. The main concern here was electromagnetic interference (EMI) between the ADS-B and the vehicle GPS system. This video provides a behind-the-scenes look at the test at the Masten Space Systems Office at the Mojave Air and Space Port, CA. Following the successful outcome of this test, the two payloads are now ready to fly on the Xaero vehicle. The actual flight date is currently unknown but is expected to take place before the end of September 2011.
To learn more about the test, have a look at this blogpost