Friday, August 26, 2016

BARREL Status Report #16 August 26, 2016

BARREL Status Report #16
August 26, 2016

Flight 4E was terminated yesterday (August 25) at 0938 UT because it was moving west towards lakes and mountains. A preliminary look at the data suggests that we observed microbursts during two different intervals, one close in time to the conjunction with RBSP. We need to look at it more closely to see how close we were. The payload was recovered later in the day. I am also excited to report that the ABOVE2 payload was also launched in time to catch the conjunction with RBSP on the orbit following the BARREL conjunction. They also observed precipitation but I don’t yet have many details. In any case, it is exciting that we were able to achieve our goal of coordinating with the ABOVE2 team to have two balloons up on separate continents and catch conjunctions on consecutive RBSP orbits!   

The next BARREL launch opportunity will be Saturday at 1730 UT.