Well, as of when I left work today, everything is "Green" for launch tomorrow! Including a fabulous weather forecast at Vandenberg, the launch site.
If you're not doing anything else exciting at 2:50pm EDT Saturday afternoon, watch the launch feed live at either:
http://launch.geoeye.com/ or http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/bls/missions/335/
I believe they start broadcasting at least 30 minutes before launch time.
If you're watching, one of the neat things you'll see is Dave, my significant other. The live video usually includes shots of the Launch Control Center and that's where Dave will be - in the front row. I'm back at the Satellite Operations Center in our HQ building in Virginia. They don't show us. :)
Assuming everything is nominal, this might be my last blog post for a while since I'll be too busy to get any writing time. I go into work at around 7am and don't pop out till probably 9pm and no matter what, there will be some long days ahead as we check out the satellite. Imaging activities don't occur right away - there's a lot to do to make sure everything is working right before we can turn on the camera.
Here's a great picture of the satellite on top of the rocket. Yes, I know if looks like it's on the floor, but that floor is several stories up in fact. This pic was shot less than two weeks ago.
More neat pics can be found here: http://launch.geoeye.com/LaunchSite/about/gallery.aspx
So it's off to bed for me... wish us luck!