Friday, December 28, 2012

BARREL Status update #2

BARREL Status Report #2
December 28, 2012

It was another productive day down south.

The SANAE team got the rest of their cargo and were setting up their
workspace, expecting to start checking out the first payload today or

The Halley team got the Iridium antennas mounted on the roof and
finished the bench checkout of Payload 1B. Next step (tomorrow) is a
full system test outside with solar panels. We were also able to get
our helium inflation system set up and will be checking it out more

In addition, we had our ATP review today and received the authority to
proceed with operations from NASA/BPO. We still need to complete a
Flight Readiness Review before the first launch and that is schedule
for Monday.

Weather is deteriorating a bit, but we are still looking at Monday
evening as a possibility.