Cluster II science working team reports excellent progress
23 November 1998Some 60 scientists and engineers pose for a rare photo opportunity besidequarter scale models of the four Cluster II spacecraft. The happy groupcame together during the latest meeting of the Cluster II Science Working Team(SWT) atthe European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. Thosepresent included representatives from the United States and China as wellas most ESA member states.
Cluster II is making excellent progress. That was the message coming through loud and clear during the meeting. All agreed that, with very few exceptions, the project was proceeding very smoothly and on schedule for the two launches from Kazakhstan in summer 2000.
Among those attending were about 40 scientists who are preparing the four sets of 11 experiments for this unique mission to explore the Sun-Earth connection. Also present were members of the flight control teams. Their tasks will be to look after the four spacecraft and their payloads, manage operations on the ground and also distribute the scientific data.