ShadowCam was successfully installed on the Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) at the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in Daejeon, Korea recently. After arriving in Korea last month, the camera was unboxed and inspected. The KARI team has been working diligently to ensure ShadowCam was received safely and installed securely onboard the satellite along with the other four instruments.
ShadowCam was carefully hoisted up and transferred to its mounting hardware and secured in its permanent seat onboard the KPLO satellite, ready for its incredible journey. The satellite and instruments are currently undergoing thermal and vacuum testing to ensure that everything works properly in the unique and harsh conditions similar to those they will experience during their remarkable voyage. Enjoy these images, courtesy of KARI, that documented the amazing process in detail and made us almost as nervous as they did excited!
Check back often for future updates. For further reading, see ShadowCam Begins Long-Awaited Journey
Posted by Rick Hoppe on 15 October 2021