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AMS BACK TO CERN

April 26th, 2010

The first four trucks transporting the AMS-02 payload and its supporting hardware left ESTEC on April 22nd and arrived at CERN on April 26th. The fifth one, carrying the supporting gondola, is following. The detector is now back in the integration room, in building 867 on the CERN Prévessin side, where it will undergo a system test before starting the integration activities to replace the superconducting magnet with the permanent magnet.

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AMS-NASA MEETING RESULTS

April 18th, 2010

Last Friday, the results of the EMC and TV test of AMS were discussed during the Technical Interchange Meeting. All detector subsystem performed well during the various phases of the TVT. During the TV test the Superconducting Magnet endurance has been determined to be about 20 months. Since ISS operations will be extended from 2015 to 2020, it appears that the Superconducting Magnet could only operate for a small fraction of an extended 10 years data taking of AMS-02 on the ISS.

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TVT TEST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

April 15th, 2010

After nearly two months of testing at ESTEC, the qualification tests of the AMS experiment have been completed. Today the TV chamber will return to ambient conditions and starting in the weekend the experiment will be prepared for extraction from the TV chamber and then packed for tansportation.

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TECHNICAL INTERCHANGE MEETING AT ESTEC

April 14th, 2010

On April 16th 2010, the AMS Collaboration will hold a Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) at ESTEC. AMS TIMs are regularly held three to four times a year since 1995: this TIMs will be the last one in Europe before transferring the payload to KSC for final integration on the Shuttle. TIMs are regularly attended by NASA representatives: this time the NASA delegation will be leaded by the NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations Missions, W. Gerstenmeier. The main purpose of

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