September 27, 2003

"more uses than we ever imagined..."

...that's Audrey Nice quoted in Ananova and other places.

They were ready to go. After a first and a second delay, they went.

Kosmos 3M Booster Carries Six Satellites to Earth Orbit (Jim Banke,, 27 September 2003.)

Disaster aid satellites launched (BBC News, 27 September 2003.)

I had a pretty good view of the launch via a projector screen showing the Eutelsat broadcast sent up from Plesetsk. From six this morning we watched, eating pastries and drinking tea and coffee while standing in a lecture hall on the University of Surrey campus, surrounded by a couple of hundred people: SSTL staff, families, and associates.

Afterwards they broke out the bucks fizz. Latest news on the launch is available from SSTL.

Once in correct orbits, commissioning the three disaster-monitoring satellites will take some time; the UK-DMC satellite will be the third of the satellites to be made operational. But it's what's on the UK-DMC that could really matter.

Space Net - Space no longer final frontier for Cisco Internet gear (Cisco Newsroom, 26 September 2003.)

Siberia and Silicon Valley: we launched an American IP router from a Russian ICBM site.

Update Mon 29 Sep:
launch highlights video now available from Cisco Newsroom and Space Net article. Requires minimum of Flash 6.0.65, so you may as well install Flash 7, working RealOne, and Javascript. These direct links may be useful: broadband video and narrowband video. ENTER at top left to start.
Update 6 Oct:
Shooting for Space (Caron Carlson, eWeek, 6 October 2003)
Cisco shoots for the stars (David M. Ewalt, InformationWeek, 6 October 2003)
Update 7 Oct:
Space: the final sales opportunity (Andrew Donoghue, ZDNet UK, 7 October 2003)
Update 14 Oct:
Internet Space (Shane Harris, Government Executive, 14 October 2003)
Update 16 Oct:
...and there's more on the onboard router in my slot clouds paper and presentation.
Update 30 Jan 2004:
Politics Show South (BBC One, 30 January 2004) features launch footage. 34kbps streaming video of the thirty-minute programme features a segment on Brits in Space (3:30 - 23:30), with coverage of disaster monitoring and SSTL footage and interviews starting at 11:30 and launch assembly footage and launch starting at 12:50.
Update 5 Mar 2004:
IT's final frontier (Colin Haley,, 5 March 2004)
Posted by Lloyd Wood at September 27, 2003 10:59 AM


didn't s u at global milsatcom. what r u up to?


PS Do you work out of Reading or Stockly Park these days. Was up seeing Robin Smith at Reading the other week.

Posted by: Mike Holdsworth at December 16, 2003 12:45 PM

I wish I could blog. I've ended up here beacause I have random technical interests. Good site! nice authoring, interesting life!

Posted by: Stuart Thomas at March 3, 2004 11:27 AM
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