Picture Gallery for Fri 2005-05-13 00:08:48 UTC


Click to enlargeDanger Areas at Esrange. Not surprisingly, we work in number 6.
Click to enlargeHercules with BLAST in the background, sitting on the pad to calibrate our GPS. Barth and Marie happen to be out there, too.
Click to enlargeBLAST on the pad.
Click to enlargeBarth and Enzo's laptops on the gondola. One of them is running the GPS calibration software.
Click to enlargeBLAST on the pad.
Click to enlargeBLAST on the pad.
Click to enlargeBLAST on the pad.
Click to enlargeBLAST on the pad.
Click to enlargeTransmissions from one of the star cameras.
Click to enlargeGoing out to turn BLAST around with the launch vehicle.
Click to enlargeGoing out to turn BLAST around with the launch vehicle.
Click to enlargeThe roughing pump with a water trap.
Click toplayThe water trap in action.
Click to enlargeBLAST on the pad.
Click to enlargePreparing to bring BLAST back inside. Two of the riggers are setting up the ladder, since Victor needs it to reach the top of the gondola so he can hang the payload on the launch vehicle.
Click to enlargeJeff and Matt get a new helium cylinder.
Click to enlargePreparing to pick up.
Click to enlargeBLAST hanging on the pin.
Click to enlargeGetting ready to pick up.
Click to enlargeComing back inside.
Click to enlargeComing back inside.
Click to enlargeComing back inside.
Click to enlargeComing back inside.
Click to enlargeComing back inside.
Click to playVictor leads the gondola back inside.
Click to enlargeVictor leads the gondola back inside.
Click to enlargeGaelen and Barth watch the procedure.
Click to enlargeComing back inside.
Click to enlargeBLAST hanging. In the middle of the yellow bar at the top is the pin of the launch vehicle. The pin is through a hole in a white rectangular plate which is called the truck plate. Four cables then come down from the truck plate to a ring which is attached to the top of the pivot, the large white thing above the shelf on the top of the sun shield structure. On the pivot you can see three of the NSBF's GPS antennas (round white pucks with cables coming out the bottom). Our GPS antennas are mounted further out on the circular plates attached to booms at the top of the sun shields. To the left, half hidden by the sun shields, you can see a beighish cylinder, which is exterior housing for the TDRSS antenna. On the right is one of the conical Iridium antennas.
Click to enlargeMark and Jeff finish a helium transfer as BLAST rolls in.
Click to enlargeThe western extremity of the launch pad, still covered in snow.
Click to enlargeMarie, Barth and Mark walk up the road to Radar Hill.
Click to enlargeThe view of Esrange from Radar Hill.
Click to enlargeA short chat at the top of the hill. In case you have forgotten, this is where we watched the Maser 10 launch from.
Click to enlargeWalking back down the hill. In the distance, to the northwest you can see some more snow. It didn't reach us however, which was nice.
Click to enlargeMatt models the one of the star camera hats.
Click to enlargeMarie models the other star camera hat.
Click to enlargeThe rocket at the Esrange gate.
Click to enlargeGaelen starts hauling the groceries out of the car.
Click to enlargeSomehow, the backup fridge has turned into the beer and cheese fridge.
Click to enlargeMark tightens some of the bolts on the Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS).
Click to enlargeMarie, Mark, Enzo and Jeff look at band-pass results from the FTS tests.
Click to playMarie refills the nitrogen dewar on the FTS.
Click to enlargeNitrogen boiling in the dewar.
Click to enlargeFlags flapping in the breeze. From the left, the flags currently flying are: Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), European Space Agency (ESA), Europe, Sweden, United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, United Kingdom. You can also see the top of the model rocket, just above the roof of Hotel Dilbert.

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