Mirror Being Loaded into the Beluga Transport
The Herschel primary mirror blank, mounted in its transport container, is loaded onto an Airbus A300-600ST "Beluga" ready for a flight to Finland, where the optical surface will be polished. The Beluga's 7.4 m diameter fuselage and 5.4 m wide load floor easily accomodate the mirror, which is too wide for normal transport aircraft.
- July 6, 2004
- ESA / EADS Astrium