Dear Friends,

Today I’ve been visiting buildings 254 and 120 in Baykonur. Building 254 has the Soyuz TMA-10 #220 spacecraft already under its launch shroud, and all the cargo loaded in the living compartment. Building 120 has the booster rocket with the first stages and the core second stage mated, but the third stage is still separate. By Saturday they all will be together and the Soyuz will be launched on time, the 442nd launch of this booster.

If you are interested in more details of the spaceflight, please check out The site will be updated during the flight itself via an email connection.

I am looking forward to the flight and I am looking forward to return full time to Intentional Software. A lot has happened in my absence. We are working very closely with Capgemini and we are also continuing our cooperation with Thoughtworks. Our customers appreciate greatly the unique capabilities of our system and the competitive possibilities that it opens up to organizations with deep domain expertise. And do not forget – we are always looking at exceptional programmers to work with us in Bellevue, WA, and in Budapest.

Charles Simonyi, Spaceflight Participant, Soyuz TMA-10.