On 15 July 2003, the cargo plane carrying SMART-1 with its flight container arrived at the Cayenne airport in French Guyana. This marked the start of the SMART-1 launch campaign. The below overview lists key events of the mission during the last months up to launch.
SMART-1 Launch Phase
15 July 2003 - Start of Launch Campaign in Kourou
After its arrival at Cayenne airport, SMART-1 was transferred by truck to Kourou, where the spacecraft was removed from its transport container. An initial inspection was carried out to verify SMART-1's condition after transport.
Journal: Launch Campaign Gets Underway
August 2003 - Simulation Runs of Flight Operations
13 August 2003 - Launch on Hold
The initial launch date of 28 August 2003, 23:04 UT, was pushed back to allow necessary verification checks on one of the two commercial satellites that were also scheduled to be launched on the same flight as SMART-1.
News: SMART-1 Launch Delayed
19 August 2003 - Second Launch Delay
News: SMART-1 Launch Put Back
17 September 2003 - SMART-1 Mated with Launcher
Journal: SMART-1 mated with launcher
19 September 2003 - New Launch Date Confirmed
26 September 2003 - SMART-1 Ready for Launch
27 September 2003 - Launch of SMART-1