A journey that began over 10 years ago is set to reach the history books on November 12, 2014, with Lika Electronic at the forefront. The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission will attempt to deploy its lander onto the surface of Comet 67P.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta is a cornerstone mission to chase, go into orbit around, and land on a comet. ESA's pioneering spacecraft launched on March 2nd, 2004 and designed to enter the orbit around the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. Rosetta is equipped with OSIRIS - Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System. OSIRIS is the eye and the imaging recorder of the comet chaser throughout its long journey to the 67P comet. Both the Wide Angle Camera (WAC) and a Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of Osiris are fitted with Lika's IP38 SPACE incremental encoders. Lika Electronic has been recognized as the first company in Italy and the second in Europe to manufacture an encoder intended for space applications.
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Key Rosetta Events
|Launch||March 2, 2004|
|First Earth gravity assist||March 4, 2005|
|Mars gravity assist||February 25, 2007|
|Second Earth gravity assist||November 13, 2007|
|Asteroid Steins flyby||September 5, 2008|
|Third Earth gravity assist||November 13, 2009|
|Asteroid Lutetia flyby||July 10, 2010|
|Enter deep space hibernation||June 8, 2011|
|Exit deep space hibernation||January 20, 2014|
|Rendevous maneuver begins||May 7, 2014|
|Arrive at comet||August 6, 2014|
|Start global mapping||August 2014|
|Lander delivery||November 2014|
|Perihelion passage||August 13, 2015|
|End of mission||December 31, 2015|