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Launch Campaign

The Launch


INTEGRAL Launch Sequence

12:00 CEST
Transition to inertial pointing and slew check.
INTEGRAL is safe and in a stable configuration

08:35 CEST
Both solar wings successfully deployed

08:29 CEST
Solar wings starting to deploy

08:13 CEST
Separation of INTEGRAL from upper stage

08:02 CEST
Aquisition of signal by Vilspa ground station in Spain

07:01 CEST
End of radio contact zone with launcher

06:50 CEST
Separation of upper stage and INTEGRAL from the third stage

06:41 CEST
Launch of INTEGRAL

06:36 CEST
Proton rocket declared ready for launch

06:18 CEST
Transition to internal power completed

06:11 CEST
INTEGRAL declared ready for launch.

05:56 CEST
Completion service tower rollback.
Windspeed 31 ms-1

05:26 CEST
Start of roll back of service tower from the Proton rocket at Baikonur.
All nominal.

04:33 CEST
Mission Control at ESOC commences voice and status checks with all ground stations.

03:46 CEST
INTEGRAL spacecraft powered up

03:41 CEST
INTEGRAL spacecraft is switched on and telemetry received.

03:31 CEST
Completion propellant loading of Proton launch vehicle.
Outside temperature -5.5°C, Fairing temperature 17°C.

00:41 CEST
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.

Last Update: 09 November 2012

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