October 27, 2008
GOCE Satellite Launch is Delayed Till 2009
The European Space Agency says the launch of its GOCE Earth Explorer satellite will not take place earlier than February due to a system failure.
The ESA said Russian authorities responsible for the rocket that will carry the GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) satellite into orbit have completed their investigation of a failure in the rocket's upper state guidance and navigation system.
Officials said an exact launch date will be determined after all corrective measures have been fully implemented and validated.