GEO-IK-2: Electrical testing
Academician M.F. Reshetnev "Information Satellite Systems" is currently conducting electrical tests of the geodetic satellite GEO-IK-2 №11.
The test program is being implemented as part of the Final Phase of spacecraft assembly and integration to verify the integrity and performance of the onboard equipment and all the satellite subsystems.
The delegation of Thales Alenia Space has recently arrived at ISS to take part in the acceptance testing of one of the spacecraft’s main instruments, the Sadko altimeter, developed and manufactured by the French company. As soon as the altimeter is assembled and integrated into the satellite, Russian and French specialists will verify its performance and operation.
The GEO-IK-2 spacecraft is intended for measuring variations in the Earth’s gravitational field as well as building a high-precision geodetic network in the geocentric coordinate system. Data from the GEO-IK-2 satellite will be used for studying continental plate motion, tides, the Earth’s rotation and coordinates of poles.
The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2010.