Transition to inertial pointing and slew check.
INTEGRAL is safe and in a stable configuration
Both solar wings successfully deployed
Solar wings starting to deploy
Separation of INTEGRAL from upper stage
Aquisition of signal by Vilspa ground station in Spain
End of radio contact zone with launcher
Separation of upper stage and INTEGRAL from the third stage
Launch of INTEGRAL
Proton rocket declared ready for launch
Transition to internal power completed
INTEGRAL declared ready for launch.
Completion service tower rollback.
Windspeed 31 ms-1
Start of roll back of service tower from the Proton rocket at Baikonur.
Mission Control at ESOC commences voice and status checks with all ground stations.
INTEGRAL spacecraft powered up
INTEGRAL spacecraft is switched on and telemetry received.
Completion propellant loading of Proton launch vehicle.
Outside temperature -5.5°C, Fairing temperature 17°C.
Countdown starts at ESOC; loading of propellant on the Proton launcher in Baikonur commences.
23:00 CEST 16 October 2002
Everything is still on track for launch.
Weather conditions are acceptable for launch
11.00 CEST 16 October 2002
INTEGRAL Flight Operations Director says Integral is GO for launch.
Launch is on schedule for 06:41 from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.