SWAS was launched successfully last night (December 5) at 7:57 PM EST. The ground controllers received data from the rocket all the way until the separation of the payload from the final stage of the rocket. Everything looked good. The initial estimate of the orbital parameters was 637 by 655 kilometers, with an orbital inclination of about 70 degrees (i.e. basically what we had hoped for). SWAS is now in about its 14th orbit. Approximately once per orbit, contact is made between SWAS and one of several ground stations scattered around the world (Poker Flat, Alaska; Madrid, Spain; Canberra, Australia; South Point, Hawaii). All of the telemetry from these ground-contacts looks good. The spacecraft seems to be performing nominally. The latest estimate of the orbit is 648 by 655 km. The science instruments are not yet powered. That will not happen for another 20 hours or so (by design). We will get the first data from the science instruments Monday afternoon (EST).