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Landsat Data Continuity Mission Environmental Testing is Underway
08.22.12
 
UPDATE: 09.10.12

As of Aug. 30, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Observatory successfully completed Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) testing at Orbital Science Corporation’s facility in Gilbert, Ariz. EMI/EMC testing is conducted in order to validate that all observatory components, including the instruments, can operate successfully together on-orbit in space without electrical interference.

The LDCM Observatory was moved out of the chamber following the successful completion of a mission readiness test. During this test, the Mission Operations Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., demonstrated command of the observatory. Next, the observatory will be prepared for a series of mechanical tests to validate that the observatory can survive the launch environment.



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Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Observatory Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) testing is underway at Orbital Science Corporation's Gilbert, Ariz., location. EMI/EMC testing is conducted in order to validate that while the Observatory is on-orbit in space, all Observatory components (including the instruments) can operate successfully together. After successful EMI/EMC testing, the Observatory will be prepared for a series of mechanical tests next month to validate that the Observatory can survive the launch environment. These images were taken August 7, 2012.

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