Before installation of the instruments and spacecraft components to their respective decks, the spacecraft structure is assembled for an initial alignment test to make sure everything fits together correctly. The top deck will ultimately support the instruments, the bottom deck will support the spacecraft components, and the black tube in the middle is the thrust tube, which houses the propulsion system and fuel tank. The alignment testing tools can be seen to the right and left.
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