Things have been quiet here of late as Planck goes through its final lab testing. But that’s all done now and Planck is on the move!
Planck needs to go from the labs at CSL where the testing has been completed to Kouru in French Gaiana for launch on an Ariane 5.
It’s not a simple trip!
First its onto a special truck and through the streets to the airport.
Then into a special Russian large load cargo plane.
Before it’s ready for take off.
This will be the last that most of the scientists and engineers who’ve built Planck will see of it. The next step is for it to be integrated into the launch faring with Herschel and for this to be installed on the launch vehicle. There will be a final round of tests and then… liftoff!
The launch is scheduled for 16th April. Watch this space for more news as this memorable day approaches!