SPC endorses FIRST payload
4 June 1998In its meeting on 28-29 May 1998 the ESA Science Programme Committee (SPC) approved the FIRST/Planck mission for implementation, with a target launch date of 2007.
The SPC approved the proposed FIRST Principal Investigators and instruments, namely:
- The Heterodyne Instrument for FIRST (HIFI) instrument, proposed by a consortium led by Th. de Graauw, SRON, Groningen, The Netherlands.
- The Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) instrument, proposed by a consortium led by A. Poglitsch, MPE, Garching, Germany.
- The Spectral and Photometric Imaging REceiver (SPIRE) instrument, proposed by a consortium led by M. Griffin, QMW, London, UK.