Three months ago, ESA's Integral Gamma Ray Observatory was launched, 17 October 2002. The spacecraft has now been checked out, calibrated and it is now producing data for hundreds of scientist across the globe. A series of two exchanges programmes will provide an updated presentation on integral, and some early results and images from the mission that show the stunning performance of the instruments. Today's transmission features the updated presentation of the mission. The programme comprises of a 5-minute A-roll with split audio and is complimented by a B-roll with clean international sound.
The video contain:
- 0:30-1:19 ESA's Integral Gamma Ray Observatory was launched onboard a Proton rocket from Baikonur, 10:41 local time in Baikonor, Kazakhstan, 06:41 CEST, 17 October 2002.
- 1:19-1:34 A few days later Integral’s own motors are used to place the satellite into the perfect orbit for gamma ray observations
- 1:34-2:11 ESA built integral is to resolve some of the biggest mysteries in astronomy: it task is to gather gamma rays, the most energetic radiation that comes from space-
- 2:11-2:59 Arvind Palmer, Integral Project Scientist (named Integral Project Manager in the voice) explains what Integral will be looking at, at the gamma rays emitted from some very violent explosions in space.
- 2:59-3:12 Some facts on the Integral spacecraft: 5m high, and more than 4tons in weight. Integral consists of two parts: the service module and the payload module. The service module contains all the spacecraft subsystems. The payload module is mounted on the service module, and contains four scientific instruments.
- 3:12-3:52 Arvind Palmer, Integral Project Scientist, explains that two of the instruments are gamma ray instruments, and he explains what they can do. Then there is an X-ray instruments and an optical monitor, and he explains the extend of observations which these can do together.
- 3:52-4:52 Integral production includes many industrial partners. The video briefly introduce this and presents details on the different instruments, and the technologies used. Names of companies not given, only their nationality.
- 4:52-5:36 Arvind Palmer explains how these instruments work together and what is a normal working day for Integral’s instruments.
- 5:35-6:20 All raw data collected by Integral are sent directly to the ground. After have been put together at ESOC Darmstadt, the data are forwarded for processing at the Integral Scientific Data Centre (ISDC) in Versoix in Switzerland. ISDC distributes then the data to the scientific world.