Monday, January 21, 2013

BARREL Status Report #20

BARREL Status Report #20
January 21, 2013

It's been a pretty busy 36 hours down here since my last status
update. SANAE launched Payload 1Q last night (20Jan at ~2030 UT), and
then launched Payload 1R this evening (21Jan at 2030 UT). We also
terminated two payloads today  (1K at 0125 UT and 1D at 2200UT).
Payload 1D had been up for 17 days and Payload 1K had been up for 16
days!! We'll likely terminate Payload 1I in another day or two. That
brings us up to 14 payloads launched so far with about two weeks left
in our launch window.

Geomagnetic activity has quieted down a bit and is expected to stay
pretty quiet for the next few days. We have good launch weather at
Halley for the next few days, but only have two payloads left. So,
we'll be working with the SANAE folks to decide when to launch next.