Three milestones16/09/2010 - 23:30
Three major milestones of the Planck mission have been reached.
On course for L216/09/2010 - 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 continues16/09/2010 - 23:31
The decontamination phase of Planck's mission is over, and it will now continue its cooldown to its final operating temperature.
Decontamination underway16/09/2010 - 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 OK16/09/2010 - 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 begins16/09/2010 - 23:38
The electonics on board Planck are working, so the commissioning of the scientific instruments can begin
First signal received16/09/2010 - 23:38
The first signals from Planck have been received at ESA's ground station in Australia.
Planck separated successfully16/09/2010 - 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.
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