According to the American “space” website, there is an 80% chance of a good launch weather, according to the United Alliance launch, which provides an Atlas V missile for the mission.
The Solar Orbiter will leave Earth on a 10-year mission back and forth between the sun and Venus, and its overall goal is to identify the atmosphere of the sun, or the sun’s particles that extend through the solar system.
The officials expressed their enthusiasm for the launch, adding that the last few steps before the space flight are milestones in history.
“I am sure I will be amazed,” Ian Walters, project manager for Airbus Defense and Space, told a NASA press conference. “I really felt surprised now to see the spacecraft on top of the missile this morning … just the spectacle is fantastic.” “It looks beautiful,” added Cesar Garcia, director of the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter project.
The ambitious goal of photographing and collecting data from the sun’s columns requires not only a spacecraft with the right tools, but also an advanced thermal shield to protect against the intense heat of our star as it periodically moves within the orbit of Mercury.
Besides that, a mixture of foil will be applied to reflect the heat and aluminum to protect the spacecraft, and to keep cool, Solar Orbiter will maintain the heat shield so that the spacecraft can work in the shade.