Artemis launch - status reports
22:40 UT (00:40 CET, 13 July 2001) "The launch was very smooth, it looked perfect", reported Artemis team member Leo van Holtz, "now we have to wait for solar array deployment".
22:26 UT (00:26 CET, 13 July 2001) Flight sequence continues according to schedule. Aquisition by the tracking stations at Natal, Ascension and Malindi is confirmed. Artemis separated from the launch vehicle at 28 minutes.
21:58 UT (23:58 CET) Ariane-5 Flight 142, carrying Artemis, was launched from Spaceport in Kourou at 21:58 UT (23:58 CET)
21:48 UT (23:48 CET) T-10: The spacecraft is in launch configuration, relying on internal power. All systems have go for launch.
21:00 UT (23:00 CET) "Check of the connections between the launcher and the Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) system is complete and everything is still go for launch", reports Artemis team member Leo van Holtz.
20:25 UT (22:25 CET) Final countdown continues, weather conditions are fine, launch is still set for 21.58 UT (23.58 CET).
17:15 UT (19:15 CET) The filling of the main crogenic stage with liquid oxygen and helium is complete and final checks are underway. "Everything is looking good", reports Leo van Holtz of the Artemis team.
Last update: 13 July 2001