March 13, 2009
Herschel and Planck Launch Postponed
In order to carry out additional checks on the ground segment of the Herschel and Planck programmes, Arianespace and ESA have jointly agreed to postpone the launch initially planned for next April 16. A new launch date will be announced at the end of March.
The decision to postpone the launch by a few weeks was needed to finalise the validation of the spacecraft operations procedures following recent software updates.
In the meantime, the preparation of the two spacecraft for launch continues as planned at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
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