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    RUSSIAN EXPERTS DEVELOP UNIQUE SATELLITE-TESTING EQUIPMENT

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    KRASNOYARSK, April 9 (RIA Novosti) - Experts working for the Zheleznogorsk-based Academician Mikhail Reshetnev applied-mechanics science-and-production association have come up with a really unique complex for conducting pre-launch tests of man-made satellites. Russia has no other similar test facility at this stage. Zheleznogorsk is located in Eastern Siberia's Krasnoyarsk territory.

    This enterprise turns out nearly 70 percent of all Russian multi-role space satellites, RIA Novosti learned at the corporate press center here today.

    The afore-said complex comprises an area for simulating zero gravity; that area, which will be used to test various systems unfurling solar batteries and antennas, features a vibration-test bench and a balancing-test bench, as well as a transport-test bench for assessing the influence of transport systems on satellites being delivered to any particular space center.

    The complex also includes a 600-cubic-meter acoustic chamber, which will subject satellites to sonic pressure being encountered during launches.

    According to experts, this complex boasts a unique echo-free ("mute") chamber, which can simulate the outer-space environment, which is devoid of any noise.

    This test complex, which was commissioned on the eve of Cosmonautics Day (i.e. the 43-rd anniversary of Yury Gagarin's trailblazing space flight, due to be marked April 12), completely matches all international standards, the association's press-center stressed.

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