For anyone who is even remotely interested!!! EADS Astrium/Paradigm are going to lob the first of the Skynet 5 satellites into orbit tomorrow night, strapped to the top of an Arianne 5 launcher. The launch window is 22.25 to 22.58, and the launch is being webcast live on t'interweb here. According to the glossy publications, Skynet 5 represents a massive improvement in the availability of satellite bandwidth to defence, however the cynic in me is saying that its going make a loud bang and rain down in flames over French Guyana. I'll open the bidding at 22 seconds into launch before the fireworks start!!!