13 February 2012
High Solar Flux Simulation in VTC 1.5
Astrium MGSE in front of VTC 1.5 (sun beam window in back)
Astrium GmbH Ottobrunn has successfully verified its MGSE for BepiColombo solar cell life testing at 10 solar constants. The solar cell life tests are planned in near future and are performed in the VTC 1.5 facility which has a sun simulator that reaches up to 25kW/m2.
In addition to the successful MGSE verification it has also been the first operational test of VTC 1.5 after its refurbishment and empty qualification tests.

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