TanDEM-X Blog | 21. June 2010 | 2 Comments

‘The baby cries!’ We have a satellite in space …!

But first things first – here the events of the first 100 minutes:

L +00:00:00 (04:14:03 CEST)
‘Lift off’ – the Dnepr is ejected from its silo by a gas generator and the launcher’s engines ignite to begin the flight into orbit in a southerly direction.)

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The first launcher stage separates. On the launch video, we see a white cloud and, shortly after that, the spent rocket stage falling away. read more

TanDEM-X Blog | 21. June 2010 | 1 Comment

That was smooth!

4:39 am Tons of us collected to view the stream and the control room from the bridge. A textbook launch, that was. Mission operations have also just confirmed separation. (Click on full article for further updates) read more