Monday, November 22, 2004


SWIFT, the joint NASA/ESA γ-Ray Burst Obsevatory mission, was successfully launched on Saturday. Spacecraft separation occurred sucessfully about 80 minutes after launch, as expected.

CREDIT: Carleton Bailie/Boeing
SWIFT, launched on a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral

With the launch of SWIFT the eSTAR alert network should hopefully be able to go into full time operation quite soon. This means that override observations of γ-Ray Bursts will automatically be scheduled onto the available telescopes within moments on the alert being recieved ground side...