Here is the situation. The rocket is almost ready to be launched, sitting on a launcher located on the north coast of Norway and pointed in a northerly direction. We (the "science team") are sitting in an observatory called EISCAT, located just outside the town of Longyearbyen on Svalbard, a large island well to the north of Norway. Here, we have lots of instruments that can tell us about the ionosphere (the very upper part of the atmosphere where gobs of electrically charged particles exist). These instruments include gismos to measure Earth's magnetic field (that gets affected by changes in the ionosphere), radar to probe the ionosphere, very sensitive cameras to grab pictures of the aurora above (which tells us about where interesting things are happening in the upper atmosphere), and so on. Once we see that we have the right conditions, we will tell the folks at the rocket range to go ahead and launch - and the rocket will fly over our heads. No, we won't be able to see it, since everything is very dark here.
About where I am sitting: take a look at a map and locate Svalbard, It is very far north - Santa is our neighbor! We are staying in the town of Longyearbyen, which used to be a coal mining town, mainly for Norwegians. Coal mining on Svalbard is still an important activity here, although Longyearbyen has changed and is THE town with an airport. It also happens to be where the University Center in Svalbard is located (http://www.unis.no/). The science people from UNIS have been working very closely with us. The specific observatory that we are sitting in (right now!) is described at http://kho.unis.no/. Try to browse around that website, which describes some of the instruments located in this area. There is even a webcam there, so maybe you can spot if you look during the middle of the night. The photo gallery is neat, too, and I have copied a couple photos below:
This picture shows the two EISCAT radar dishes that measure the ionosphere overhead, as high as 500-600 miles up!!
At some point, we expect that the solar wind will do as we hope, the ionosphere will respond accordingly and we will launch. Today, conditions were actually very poor and there is no way that we would have launched even if the rocket was ready. There were also very strong winds at the launcher, which makes things dangerous for launch -- another reason we would not have launched.