ESA PR 13-2004. After two successive delays, the launch of Rosetta is now scheduled for Tuesday 2 March at 04:17 or 04:37 Kourou time (08:17 or 08:37 CET) on board an Ariane 5 launcher from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Media representatives in Europe can follow the launch of Rosetta and initial orbital operations at ESA/Darmstadt (ESOC) in Germany - which will be acting as the main European press centre - ESA/HQ in Paris, ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) in the Netherlands or ESA/Frascati (ESRIN) in Italy. At each site ESA specialists will be available for interviews.
Media representatives wishing to attend are asked to complete the attached reply form and fax it to the Communication Office at the establishment of their choice.
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.
For more information on the Rosetta mission and the launch activities, visit the ESA web pages at: http://www.esa.int/rosetta.
For more information on the ESA science programme, visit : http://www.esa.int/science.
For further information, please contact:
ESA Media Relations Division