Planck Mission Updates
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Three milestones

16/09/2010 - 23:30
Three major milestones of the Planck mission have been reached.

On course for L2

16/09/2010 - 23:28
Planck has successfully performed the first trajectory correction manouvre, which is a planned firing of the thrusters to adjust its course and speed to point it in precisely the right direction.

The Big Chill continues

16/09/2010 - 23:31
The decontamination phase of Planck's mission is over, and it will now continue its cooldown to its final operating temperature.

Decontamination underway

16/09/2010 - 23:36
Decontamination of the Planck satellite has begun, ensuring that any water vapour or other conaminantes will boild off into space.

Computers check-out OK

16/09/2010 - 23:33
Tests have proven that Planck's on-board computer is working fine.

Planck has good attitude (control)!

16/09/2010 - 23:36
Tests on the "attitude control system" (the thrusters which move the satellite) have proven that they perform very well, which is great news for the mission.

Commissioning begins

16/09/2010 - 23:38
The electonics on board Planck are working, so the commissioning of the scientific instruments can begin

First signal received

16/09/2010 - 23:38
The first signals from Planck have been received at ESA's ground station in Australia.

Planck separated successfully

16/09/2010 - 23:39
Planck has successfully separated from the Ariane 5 rocket, and begun its journey to L2.

Launch Successful!

16/09/2010 - 23:40
Planck has successfully launched from the ESA spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana.