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Gaia lift-off timeline

18 Dec 2013, 16:27 UTC
Gaia lift-off timeline
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Find below a detailed timeline for the launch of Gaia on 19 December 2013. See notes for abbreviations. The usual disclaimer applies: This is a real-time activity and all times are subject to change. Follow launch live via ESA TV, starting 08:50 GMT (09:50 CET).
See also some additional post-separation timeline events listed in Gaia liftoff timeline in ESA web.

AIT - The Astrium Integration Team/Suupport Team in Kourou, working on behalf of the ESA Gaia Project Office
DMS - Soyuz Mission Director on console at Kourou
S/C - Spacecraft (= Gaia)
MET - Mission elapsed time (minue before H0, positive after)

MET [hh:mm:ss]
UTC [hh:mm:ss]
Actor
Activity

-14:00:00
19:12:19
ESOC
B-Team Flight Control Team & Software Support team on console in Main Control Room

-13:40:00
19:32:19
ESOC
Flight Control Team: Voice & status check with spacecraft support team in Kourou

-13:35:00
19:37:19
ESOC
Flight Control Team: Connect network interface to Kourou

-13:30:00
19:42:19
ESOC
Gaia Project Representative (in ESOC): Voice loop & telephone check with Kourou

-13:25:00
19:47:19
ESOC
Synchronise launch countdown clockc (Spacecraft Support Team to Project Represetative)

-13:00:00
20:12:19
DMS
Spacecraft Mission Director (DMS) on console in Kourou

-12:50:00
20:22:19
AIT
S/C switch-on

-12:03:00
21:09:19
AIT
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