The launch of Envisat - Europe's largest satellite - last Friday (1 March) was the climax of a year's work by indie World Wide Pictures for the European Space Agency (ESA)
The launch of Envisat - Europe's largest satellite - last Friday (1 March) was the climax of a year's work by indie World Wide Pictures for the European Space Agency (ESA), writes Barbara Marshall

Specialising in broadcaster resource packages for organisations such as the ESA, World Wide has, over the past 12 months, produced a sequence of packages about the history of earth observation and the use of the data.

On launch day, World Wide supported the British National Space Centre with a multicamera event at the Science Museum, connected by satellite to the launch itself (in French Guiana), ESA's control centre at Darmstadt and the National Space Centre in Leicester.

The event was free-to-air on Eutelsat for broadcasters which also had access to down-the-line interviews. NTL provided the technical facilities while Paris-based Silicon Worlds created the 3D animation.

A further broadcaster reel, about the creation of the first image from the satellite, is planned for the end of the month.