The Herschel telescope mirror, the largest ever to be launched in space, is a novel and advanced concept using 12 silicon carbide petals brazed together into a single piece; it is one of the major technological highlights of the mission. The complexity of the structure and its uniqueness means great care must be taken to ensure that stresses exerted on it during launch are well understood.
Over the next few days, a panel of independent experts led by the ESA Inspector General and Arianespace will carry out a final cross-check of the documentation to demonstrate that the required safety margins for the telescope are met.
The new launch date will be defined shortly.
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