Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Status update from the PI

BARREL Status Report #7
August 10, 2015

Well, it's been a busy and successful day for the BARREL team! After a successful flight compatibility test and launch dress rehearsal this morning, we held a Flight Readiness Review with Esrange and everything was GO for launch.

Payload 3A was launched at 1550 local time (1350 UT). We expected a short flight because of the upper level winds, but were able to capture a near-perfect conjunction with the two Van Allen Probe spacecraft. The payload was headed towards some large lakes and mountains, so was terminated at 23:18 local time (21:18 UT). Recovery looks promising. 

Attached is a picture from shortly after the launch that Alexa posted on our blog.  
The next launch opportunity will not be until at least Wednesday.

All for now!