Sunday, January 12, 2014

From the Ice: BARREL Status update #23

The SANAE team launched Payload 2Z at 1517UT today. Unfortunately, the balloon failed right after reaching float altitude. The ascent rate was normal up until that point, so we are a bit baffled. The good news is that the payload is about 30 km from SANAE, and there is a good chance the SANAE team will be able to recover it by helicopter tomorrow. The next launch opportunity at Halley is likely to be Wednesday. SANAE also expects bad surface conditions for the next couple of days.