Planck launched successfully at 13:12 GMT on 14th May 2009 from the ESA spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The ESA website has a video of the launch. Many members of the Planck team attended the launch – look out for photos on this site!
With just one week to go, preparations for launch are well advanced. The press coverage is also starting to build up for Planck (e.g. another Newscientist article), bringing it to the fore alongside its heavyweight sister-mission Herschel. Over in Kourou, Planck is inside the Ariane 5 faring, see below with the “SYLDA” (a French acronym for Système […]
A recent press conference in London, hosted by STFC, generated several articles in UK newspapers, many of which can be viewed online: The Independent The Daily Mail The Times The Daily Telegraph There’s also an article in NewScientist.
The Ariane 5 rocket has been checked out fine, and the launch date has now been set as 14th May. In the meantime, Planck has been fuelled with liquid hydrazine, (rocket fuel) which will allow it to navigate to L2 and once there change the direction its pointing in. It has also been fitted to […]
It has just been announced that the launch will be delayed by “several days” to run a few final tests on parts of the Ariane 5 rocket. A saety issue has come to light following the results of some tests on identical parts of the rocket in Europe, and the launch team want to double […]
After a short delay to double-check the safety of the Herschel satellite, the date for the dual launch of Planck and Herschel has been set to 6th May. The satellites will launch from the ESA spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana. Local launch parties will be happening in the UK to celebrate. [Update: the launch was […]
The launch of Planck and its sister-satellite Herschel has been delayed. The reason is to allow some final checks of all the software. These checks are important to ensure that changes don’t have to be made once the missions have begun. The new launch date has yet to be announced, though the delay is only […]