Wednesday, August 5, 2015

God eftermiddag från Sverige!

God eftermiddag från Sverige!
My name is Kathryn, an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, and I'll be your blogger for today.

Today we buttoned up another payload and are preparing for the Flight Readiness Test tomorrow.
Greg is hard at work testing payload 2H behind three almost-completed payloads.

Our big excitement from today was seeing a British group launch a payload on a balloon a bit larger than ours. It was inspiring to watch and gave us some extra energy for the day.

Unfortunately, rain squashed our enthusiasm. We attempted to create a 'tent fort' to protect payloads outside from the rain. Needless to say, it didn't work.

The remnants of our fort stand sadly in the rain.
Tomorrow we hope to have two payloads launch-ready running outside, using their final flight batteries and antennae to pass the last Comprehensive Test.

Yesterday's beautiful weather with two payloads — hopefully what we will see tomorrow!
We also had a huge surprise last night — JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is packing up their 5-year-long test and heading home... and left a ton of equipment! The extra tools, tarps, and electronics are helpful, and we were all very excited about the barely-used camping equipment left behind for poor-wind days. Running on low sleep, Nick and I had a little too much fun with their painter suits, telescope domes, rubber boots, and rainbow tape.

That's all for now! Hopefully it stops raining soon...
Tills imorgon!