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5 March 2003 Current status of the Herschel/Planck program
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The Herschel/Planck ESA programme combines two ESA missions of the HORIZON 2000 programme, the cornerstone mission Herschel (formerly named Far InfraRed and Submillimetre Telescope - FIRST) and the third medium sized mission, Planck. Herschel is a multi-user observatory, observing in the far infrared and sub-millimetre part of the electromagnetic spectrum, in the wavelength range from 60 to 670 mm. The Planck mission is a survey mission dedicated to map the anisotropies of the temperature of the cosmic background radiation. Both missions are planned to be launched in February 2007 on a single Ariane V launcher from the European Space Port of Kourou in a dual launch configuration. Both missions use orbits around the 2nd Lagrangian libration point L2, that is approximately 1.5 million kilometres away from the earth in the anti-sun direction. The programme started the spacecraft development phase in April 2001 and will complete the design phase in Summer 2002. The paper gives an overview of the Herschel and Planck System Design and the project status
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Thomas Passvogel and Jean-Jacques Juillet "Current status of the Herschel/Planck program", Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003);


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