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N° 63–2002: ESA's Integral satellite ready for lift-off from Baikonur

4 October 2002

Follow the launch from one of the ESA establishments

ESA's INTEGRAL (International Gamma Ray Astrophysics Laboratory) satellite, will be launched by a Proton launcher from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on 17 October at 06:41 CEST (Central European Summer Time).


The most sensitive gamma-ray observatory ever launched, INTEGRAL is a truly international mission involving all ESA member states plus the USA and Russia. It carries four instruments from teams led by scientists in Italy, France, Germany, Denmark and Spain to gather and analyse gamma-rays, X-rays and visible light from celestial objects.

INTEGRAL will give astronomers across the world their clearest views yet of the most extreme environments in the Universe. It will detect radiation from the most violent events far away and from processes that made the Universe inhabitable.

Media representatives in Europe can follow the videotransmission of the launch at ESA/Darmstadt (ESOC) in Germany, which will be acting as the main European press centre, ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, ESA/Frascati (ESRIN) in Italy or ESA/Villafranca (VILSPA) in Spain. At each site ESA specialists will be available for interviews.

Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to complete the attached reply form and fax it to the Communication Office at the establishment of their choice.

The ESA TV Service will provide video news releases and live coverage of the launch between 06:15-07:00 and 08:00-08:30 CEST. Details of the transmission schedule for the various Video News Releases can be found on

The launch can also be followed live on the internet at starting at 06:15 hrs.

For further information, please contact :

ESA Media Relations Service

Tel: +33(0)

Fax: +33(0)



First name: ________________ Surname : _________________

Media : ________________________________________________

Address : _____________________________________________


Tel : ____________________ Fax : _______________________

Mobile : _________________ e-mail : ____________________

I will be attending the Integral launch event at the following site:

[ ]Germany:

Location: ESA/ESOC

Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany

Opening hours: 05:30 – 09:00

Contact point: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

Tel:+49 6151 90 2696/2459

Fax: +49 6151 90 2961

Info line: +49 - 6151 - 90 26 09

[ ] The Netherlands

Location : Space Expo for ESA/ESTEC

Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Opening hours: 06.00 – 09.00

Contact point: Michel van Baal

Tel:+31 71 565 3006 during office hours

Tel: +31 71 36 46 446 during launch event (Space Expo)

Fax: +31 71 565 5728

Info line: +31. 71 565 8016

[ ]Italy

Location: ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via G. Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy

Opening hours: 06.00-07.00

Contact point: Franca Morgia



[ ] Spain

Location: ESA/VILSPA Satellite Station

Address: Urb. Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid

Villanueva de la Cañada (Madrid)

Opening hours: 05:00-07:30

Contact point: Valeriano Claros

Tel:+34. 91. 813.1111


Please complete the form and fax it to the site of your choice.


For further information:

ESA Media Relations Service

Tel: +33(0)

Fax: +33(0)