I just couldn’t be any happier! This is the stuff of life. I am doing my happy dance now.
WISE is doing great. We can get telemetry from our bird, and it receives our commands. All the day’s critical events executed flawlessly - the spacecraft detumbled and became power-positive within only 3 minutes of separation from the rocket! That is textbook-perfect performance. The cryostat vent valves are opened up, and the temperatures on the tanks look great.
Thank you to all the folks on the Delta, Vandenberg, Ball and SDL teams - what a spectacular beginning! We at JPL and on the science team are so grateful.
Okay, back to the happy dance.