Thursday, August 30, 2012

LAUNCH!!!!!!

Well, after three times trying, we finally launch the RBSP mission this morning, at 4:05 am. We attempted to launch twice last week; we failed once because of a rocket sensor issue, and once because of weather. Then because of Hurricane Isaac, we rolled back into the VIF to wait it out, then back out again on Tuesday. 


Rolling back out (this view from the top of the VIF, you can see how close we are to the ocean):


Awaiting launch in the daytime:


And the night:


And finally this!


So far we have had our first few contacts on both spacecraft, solar arrays deployed successfully and various other activities are being performed. 

Thanks for everyone's support!!!