The ESA Hexapod, an external payload pointing system, has reached the end of its development phase with the completion of the Flight Acceptance Review at ESAâ€™s European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk the Netherlands.
The meeting was attended by representatives of ESA, NASA and Alenia Spazio, ESAâ€™s Prime Contractor in the design and development of the Hexapod.
The Flight Acceptance Review officially brings an end to the development phase, which was initiated at the beginning of 1998, with Alcatel Alenia Space as ESAâ€™s Prime Contractor and Carlo Gavazzi Space as a subcontractor.
ESAâ€™s development of the Hexapod marks the upgrading of hexapod-based positioning/pointing systems for space applications. The Hexapod is designed for five years of in-orbit operation without maintenance, though users will be able to up-link Hexapod flight-software updates.