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Herschel and Planck mission blogs

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Hi everyone.

Apologies to the moderators for the very, very blatant plug - but the Herschel Space Observatory and Planck mission teams (of which I'm part of the Herschel team at Imperial College London) have set up mission blogs for each mission, and we hope to give you an insight into the inner workings of ESA's space science flagship missions as we rapidly approach launch on April 16th. Both blogs are a little bare right now - but as launch approaches, that certainly won't be the case for much longer!

Please do drop by!

http://herschelmission.wordpress.com/
http://planckmission.wordpress.com/

All the best,

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Hi again everyone.

Launch for Herschel and Planck have slipped due to launch processing issues - we're now targeting a mid-May launch. Do pop by the Herschel and Planck team blogs for the latest updates:

http://herschelmission.wordpress.com/
http://planckmission.wordpress.com/

Clear skies.

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Cheers for the update Brian..keeping an eye on everything going on
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Thanks Dave - glad to get the opportunity to pass on the latest news on here! For those who didn't catch it last night, the Sky At Night was devoted to Herschel - Sir Patrick interviewed Prof. Matt Griffin (PI for SPIRE, the instrument with the greatest UK involvement - and the one I'm working on) and Dr. Seb Oliver on Herschel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... n_the_Red/
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I notice that 2:07 into the programme, they misspell the project
manager's name as Thomas Passvogal.
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Hi everyone.

Just a quick update - ESA confirmed a launch date of May 6 for Herschel and Planck this morning:

http://herschelmission.wordpress.com/

Fingers crossed for no more delays!

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sadly i read yesterday it has been delayed again.. :(

be sure to let us know when the new launch date is.. :)

fingers crossed it will be this year ;)
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Col Man wrote:sadly i read yesterday it has been delayed again.. :(

be sure to let us know when the new launch date is.. :)

fingers crossed it will be this year ;)
You're in luck, Col Man ;)

After a bit of a scare with regard to the reliability of thrusters on the Ariane 5 third stage (which has now been resolved, thankfully), ESA and Arianespace had to push back launch to May 14th (this year ;) ). Herschel and Planck are being integrated with the launcher as we speak (in fact, Planck already has - Herschel follows suit today/tomorrow, as it is sitting on top of Planck during launch).

Updates as always at: http://herschelmission.wordpress.com/

and via Twitter: http://twitter.com/astroboh

In other news - Spitzer is about to run out of cryogen. MIPS is already shut off, IRS to follow in the next day or so.

Clear skies!

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Post by Brian O'Halloran »

Hi everyone.

Just a quick update - final launch processing work on Herschel is scheduled for today ahead of the payload fairing installation tomorrow and roll out on Wednesday. All going well ahead of the launch on Thursday - launch is scheduled for 13:12 GMT. I'll be blogging from the SPIRE Operations Room at the Rutherford Appleton Lab on launch day to provide updates - visit the Herschel blog at herschelmission.wordpress.com and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/astroboh.

A web feed of the launch will be available from http://www.esa.int/esaCP/index.html. The details will be available on the web itself a couple of days before the launch.

Those with satellite TV can also pick up the ESA feed for launch. The settings are:

Here are the parameters for AB3 test channel which will carry the HP launch TX on 14th.

AB3: @ 5°West
Downlink frequency: 12,543 MHz
Polarity: horizontal
SR: 27500 Ms/s
FEC: 3/4
Pal / 9 MHz Mpeg 2 DVB (4:2:0) in the clear Audio channel : GCPE 2
audio PIDs open

Final details will be published on http://television.esa.int.

Fingers crossed - wish us luck!

Clears skies!

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Post by Brian O'Halloran »

Hi everyone - just a reminder that launch day is almost upon us! Launch is set for 2:12pm UK time - updates (blogs from French Guiana and the Rutherford Appleton Lab, where I'll be tomorrow) can be found at the Herschel and Planck blogs:

http://herschelmission.wordpress.com/
http://planckmission.wordpress.com/

ESA TV and Arianespace will also be covering the mission live:

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/herschelpla ... NUF_0.html
http://www.videocorner.tv/videocorner2/ ... ?langue=en

Herschel is now at the pad.... fingers crossed!

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Live ESA feed from Darmstadt (mission control):

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Operations/ ... NUF_0.html
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