MAY 16th: THE LAUNCH

May 15th, 2011

Tomorrow at 8:56 a.m. EDT shuttle Endeavour will be finally launched to the ISS.

AMS-02 team is really excited and concentrated at the same time: at JSC people are ready at the POCC (Payload Operation Control Center), hosted inside the BFCR (Blue Flight Control Room) at the MCC-H (Mission Control Center – Houston), from where they will control AMS-02 first operations. Three hours after the launch AMS-02 thermal control system will indeed be activated and data transmission checked; power will be applied to the experiment three times during its journey inside the shuttle till FD 4th. On Thursday May 19th AMS-02 will finally be transferred to the ISS and activated.

You can follow the launch at NASA, NASA High Res, ESA and CERN channels. Go Endeavour!