For Immediate Release
Number 96-01, February 6, 1996
A series of Qualification Shock Tests have been successfully completed for the Phase 3-D Specific Bearing Structure (SBS). The SBS is the structure that will be used to carry the Phase 3-D spacecraft to orbit during launch. These tests were conducted during the week of January 29-February 2, 1996 by members of the Phase 3-D International Satellite Project team in cooperation with personnel at the US Air Force's LMSIL Survivability and Vulnerability Integration Center at Little Mountain, Utah.
The tests exposed the P3-D SBS structure to the shock environment that is expected to be encountered on the Ariane 5 vehicle during launch. Following the shock exposure tests the operational performance of the spacecraft's separation system (in full-up, flight configuration) was also successfully demonstrated.
The success of both of these tests has confirmed that the Phase 3-D SBS design will withstand both the launch environment as well as to insure the P3-D spacecraft will separate cleanly from the SBS after launch.
The International Phase 3-D Project Team is indebted to the Little Mountain Facility personnel for their outstanding assistance in completing these important tests.
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