- Title LEAF door during construction
- Released 21/09/2016 3:37 pm
- Copyright ESA–J. van Haarlem
- Description A vintage view of a pivotal element of ESA’s test centre in the Netherlands: this is the 16.4 m-high concrete-filled steel door to the Large European Acoustic Facility being raised into position in June 1989.
Today’s LEAF subjects satellites to the same noise a launcher produces as it takes off and flies through the atmosphere. The door helps to keep surrounding vibration-sensitive test facilities screened off from this extreme noise.
To see part of ESA’s test centre for yourself, come to ESA’s Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 2 October. For full details, including the programme and how to register to attend, click here.
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Guillermo Gonzalo Sánchez Achutegui
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