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With liftoff just five days away, ESA's GOCE spacecraft â€“ encased in the protective two half shells of the launcher fairing â€“ has been transported from the clean room and installed in the launch tower at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
ESA is about to launch the most sophisticated of Earth Observation satellites to investigate the Earth's gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy.
With less than two weeks to go before ESA's gravity mission launches, activities at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome are in full swing.
Following word from Eurockot that launch of the Earth Explorer SMOS satellite can take place between July and October this year, ESA, CNES and the prime contractor Thales Alenia Space are now making detailed preparations for the last crucial steps before ESA's water mission is placed in orbit.
ESA is now gearing up to return to Russia to oversee preparations for the launch of its GOCE satellite â€“ now envisaged for launch on 16 March 2009.
Ongoing technical problems with its launcher has forced Europe's gravity mission to be bumped to next year.
ESA and European industries have updated the planning of the preparatory activities for a new tentative launch date of 27 October 2008 for the GOCE satellite.
Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti Moscow, 8 September: The launch of the Rokot Russian rocket with the GOCE satellite, the first European satellite designed to measure the Earth's gravitation field and study the circulation of water in the World Ocean, was to take place on 10 September but has been postponed indefinitely for technical reasons, Lt-Col Aleksey Zolotukhin, aide to the commander of the Russian Space Troops for information, told RIA-Novosti on Monday [8...
The preparatory activities for the launch of ESA's GOCE satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia had to be stopped yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 September) by Eurockot due to an anomaly identified in one of the units of the guidance and navigation subsystem of the launcher's upper stage (Breeze KM ).
As preparations for the launch of GOCE on 10 September continue on schedule, an important milestone has just been achieved as engineers at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia say farewell to the satellite as it is encapsulated in the two half-shells of the launcher's fairing.
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.