Rosetta Launch Confirmed
1 March 2004Arianespace 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 spacecraft 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.