The THOR 6 satellite is about to complete the final stages of the overall test sequence and the prime contractor Thales Alenia Space is on track for a timely delivery.
Over the past few months, THOR 6 has successfully passed a range of vibration and acoustic testing, which qualifies the satellite for launch conditions and thermal vacuum testing to ensure it meets the thermal conditions criteria experienced in orbit. The suite of tests that THOR 6 has now undergone ensures that the satellite is fully prepared to endure the harsh environments it will face during its lifespan of more than 15 years. THOR 6 is currently being tested to verify its antenna test range and ensure it provides the ultimate uplink and downlink satellite coverage. Upon completion, THOR 6 will then be prepared for a short period of safekeeping at the Thales Alenia Space premises, before it is shipped to French Guiana for the start of the launch campaign, which is scheduled to take place later this year.