NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) recently underwent testing in a soft walled cleanroom at NASA’s Ames Research facility. Like the soft wall cleanrooms used by many companies and universities across the globe, NASA’s version also acts as a controlled environment for keeping particulates at bay.
The LADEE was recently tested for a variety of things, but the most notable was to ensure that it was balanced for flight. This is accomplished via mounting the spacecraft to a rotation table and then it would spin approximately one time per second. After the balancing was finalized while the LADEE was empty, the tests were performed again with fuel tanks and other propellants.
The LADEE passed all these tests, and it is now officially ready for launch. Its launch window will open Friday, and it will launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia via Minotaur V rocket.