Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BARREL Status Report #15 August 24, 2016

BARREL Status Report #15
August 24, 2016

Flight 4E was launched from Esrange on Aug. 24 at 17:24 UT and reached float altitude at around 19:30 UT.  We lost GPS when the payload was at an altitude of 7.9 km. The symptoms are consistent with a disconnected GPS antenna. However, we do have GPS location and altitude from the SSC tracking system so this is a failure we can live with. It looks like geomagnetic activity has picked up with the arrival of a high speed stream from the sun. So, we’re hoping for a long flight to catch some of the activity!