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Putting a tile under vacuum

Date: 06 February 2016
Satellite: Schiaparelli
Location: Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Copyright: ESA - O. Bayle

A specialist from Airbus Defence and Space (Aquitaine), pictured in a cleanroom in the Baikonur cosmodrome, installs a vacuum bag on an insulation tile on the exterior of Schiaparelli, the ExoMars entry, descent, and landing demonstrator module. The vacuum bag applies constant pressure to the tile for 2 days and consolidates the bonding between the tile and the structure beneath.

Last Update: 12 February 2016

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