I had every intention of trying to update this blog in semi-real time during the launch event. Unlike the launch itself, that plan went out the window.
The atmosphere in the ESOC conference room was electric, so many members of the social media group mingling with technical and managerial staff of the ESA awaiting that ever important count down to finish. I have a short 1 minute clip of the final moments before the end of the countdown, and the moments after the Vega jumped off the pad, but I will have to update this post with said video once I am back on wifi that can upload it this side of Christmas. In the mean time, the image below, says it all.....
23:30 local time and we have just completed the pre-launch briefing being given by Thomas Ormston which covered the main aspects of tonight's activities. This included how the payload was prepped for launch, the fuel that the Sentinel uses and how the Vega rocket is actually mostly solid fuel.
There is a tradition here at ESOC that there is no cheering until the payload is successfully handed over to them from the launch team.
NASA Datanauts V2.0
NASA Datanauts v2.0 undertaking the Blue Peter build of interactive boards that can be pegrammed with images, sounds and cycles.
The Count Down Has begun!
Today is the day that all of us have been waiting for. Launch day. At 15:00 the whole #Sentinel2go team will gather in the European Space Agency Space Operations Centre here in Darmstadt to begin watching the final steps which will culminate with the launch of the Vega rocket, who's payload is the Sentinel-2b satellite.
There is a fantastic group of people from 47 countries all brought together because of a shared passion for space flight and aerospace.