Today the EnMAP environmental satellite developed and built in Germany is scheduled to be launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 18:24 CEST by a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX.
In cooperation with the ARD-ZDF news channel Phoenix and presenter Michael Krons, a live program on the launch of Germany’s first hyperspectral satellite will be broadcast from the Space Agency at DLR in Bonn from 5:25 p.m. to 7:55 p.m.. The launch event with guests from politics, science and industry will be broadcast as a livestream on Phoenix here: https://www.phoenix.de/mission-enmap-a-2730959.html
VISTA CEO Heike Bach is on site and was able to visit the launch site yesterday. The rocket, a Falkon 9, was uplifted only half an hour before and the part of the rocket with the satellite is still fresh white. The booster rocket has already been in orbit 6 times and should be usable up to 15 times.
Unfortunately, it is very windy, which can be easily seen from Ms. Bach’s hairstyle. The chances that the launch can take place today are 30:70, but we keep our fingers crossed.