back to article Follow ESA's intercontinental ballistic missile launch live today

The European Space Agency (ESA) is gearing up for today's launch of its Sentinel 3-A satellite - part of the Copernicus Earth-monitoring programme. The satellite will lift off at 17:57 GMT from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, atop a Rockot converted ICBM. ESA will have live coverage of the event from 17:00 GMT. ESA's …

  1. Simon Harris

    Converted ICBMs?

    I thought they were reserved for prototype warp drives.

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Converted ICBMs?

      How do you know it isn't?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Converted ICBMs?

        Oh, there are chances it will warp before putting the payload in orbit...

        Next time ESA will use a North Korea ICBM test?

  2. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

    This gives me an idea....

    Well if Cameron and pals are so keen to privatise everything and keep trident..... why not kill two birds with one stone.

    Privatise the subs and use them for launch anywhere services for putting satellites into orbit.. Everyone's a winner!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This gives me an idea....

      Given what we've learned about the reckless use of drones, couldn't Cameron just as ethically make more money by privatising Trident and selling launches to rogue states to nuke the targets of their choice?

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

        Re: This gives me an idea....

        Kickstarter, anyone?

        1. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

          Re: This gives me an idea....

          The worlds first NAaaS? (Nuclear Arsenal as a Service)

  3. Pirate Dave Silver badge


    ehh, who's the gal in the red dress?

    Definitely makes rocket science interesting...

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: So...

      Are you paying attention, Neo?

    2. Vinyl-Junkie

      Re: So...

      Louise Houghton, and she's a professional presenter rather than a rocket scientist....

      1. Pirate Dave Silver badge

        Re: So...


  4. Pete4000uk


    That went like stink.

    Not a patch on the old Space Shuttle.

  5. Darryl

    Grrr, them damn North Koreans. Launching ICBMs and claiming that they're just satellites

    Oh, wait

  6. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
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    You see, Yurop, this stuff is meant for Merika ...

    ...but we will help get your sat into orbit this time.

    Good job!

    Also, there is cake at the end.

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