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SMART-1 Ready to Fly
SMART-1 Ready to Fly
11 Jul 2003
(Source: European Space Agency)

ESA's SMART-1 ready to fly
European Space Agency
July 11, 2003

After the completion of all mechanical and electrical verifications, ESA's SMART-1 passed its flight readiness review successfully on Tuesday, 8 July 2003.

SMART-1, Europe's first mission to the moon, will be sent to the ESA launch site at Kourou in French Guiana at the beginning of next week. The last electrical checks and fuelling will take place here before the spacecraft is mated with its Ariane 5 launcher. SMART-1 will be a co-passenger together with two other satellites on board this launcher. The launch is currently scheduled for 28 August 2003 (Kourou time).

SMART-1 will be the first ESA mission to test solar-electric propulsion as a main propulsion system. It will also test advanced miniaturisation technology which will pave the way for future planetary missions.

Giuseppe Racca, ESA's SMART-1 Project Manager, said: "Everything has gone as expected. We're proud of the work done and we are looking forward to sending SMART-1 to the Moon."

For more information, please contact:

ESA Media Relations Service
Tel: + 33 15369 7155
Fax: + 33 15369 7690

ESA Science Programme Communication Service
Tel: + 31 71 565 3273
Fax: + 31 71 565 4101

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