[meteorite-list] Rosetta Launch Confirmed For March 2

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:32:44 2004
Message-ID: <200403011553.HAA07224_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Rosetta Launch Confirmed
European Space Agency
March 1, 2004

Arianespace confirmed this afternoon that the third attempt to launch the
Rosetta spacecraft will take place on 2 March 2004. The previous two
attempts to launch the spacrcraft had been cancelled due to high altitude
winds and a minor technical issue with the Ariane 5 launcher.

In contrast to the previous two launch attempts the time for liftoff has been
pushed to the start of the launch window (0716 UT), allowing a second attempt to
be made at the 0736UT should the weather again cause problems.

The ESA TV Service will provide live televised coverage of the launch and initial
orbital operations with English commentary, between 05:30 and 10:30 GMT:

Satellite : ASTRA 2C at 19 degrees East
Transponder 57, horizontal, MPEG-2, MCPC
Frequency 10832 MHz, Symbol Rate 22000 MS/sec, FEC = 5/6
Service Name: ESA TV

Details of the transmission schedule and the various pre-launch Video News
Releases can be found on http://television.esa.int.

There will also be updates over the internet throughout the launch countdown and
during the rest of the early mission operations.
Received on Mon 01 Mar 2004 10:53:52 AM PST

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