Picture Gallery for Sat 2006-07-22 15:58:58 UTC


Click to enlargeMatt blows the liquid nitrogen which was pre-cooling the liquid helium tank out of it (and hopefully into the liquid nitrogen tank).
Click toplayNitogen blowoff.
Click to enlargeChris and Marie try to read a gauge on one of the helium dewars.
Click to enlargeWaiting around during a helium transfer.
Click to enlargeMarie helps Chris try to resuscitate his laptop's harddrive.
Click to enlargeThe helium tankers roll out to the pad.
Click to enlargeAfter being abandoned by the rest of the crew, Matt, Chris and I hit up Shep's for lunch.
Click to enlargeMarco's lunch plan: avocado salad with guacamole on top.
Click to enlargeMarie's Birthdanniverstmas present.
Click to playARCADE heads out to the pad.
Click to enlargeARCADE heads out to the pad.
Click to enlargeSue and Catia return after a day of shopping.
Click to enlargeBirds wheeling around the top of the tower.
Click to playBirds wheeling around the top of the tower.

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(4912x1112, 5799 kb) The view of rollout on the pad from the roof of the tower. ARCADE is at right on The Boss. The balloon is still in its crate at left.

Click to enlargeReceiver dishes on the top of the tower pointed at the pad.
Click to enlargeThe chase plane takes off from the airport.
Click to enlargeThe start of inflation.

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(4026x1326, 5917 kb) Start of inflation. The top of the balloon is held down at this point.

Click to enlargeThe top of the balloon is released.

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(11688x1216, 13900 kb) The flightline from the centre of the pad. The people at left are the ARCADE scientists. (Everyone else is down below at the edge of the pad.)

Click to enlargeARCADEans waiting for launch.
Click to enlargeInflation.
Click to enlargeInflation.
Click to enlargeInflation.
Click to enlargeInflation.
Click to enlargeInflation.
Click to enlargeLooking down the flightline.
Click to enlargeLooking back at the tower.
Click to enlargeGreg and Gaelen watch the launch.
Click to enlargeHere I've adaped Gaelen's lens for use with my camera. It doesn't work quite as well.
Click to enlargeNearing the end of inflation.
Click to enlargeRiggers attach the collar to the balloon.
Click to enlargeSue and Joel practice swordplay.
Click to playTying off the fill lines.
Click to enlargeSpectators.
Click to enlargeA pie ball high above the launch vehicle.
Click to playTiny Tim starts up.

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(2694x1119, 3727 kb) With inflation complete, Chris scans the flightline, waiting for launch.

Click to enlargePre launch. Note how the tied-off fill lines are blowing straight down the flightline. Perfect conditions for a launch.
Click to playLaunch of ARCADE.
Click to enlargeARCADE ascends.
Click to enlargeARCADE ascends.
Click to enlargeSue and Joe's swordfighting.
Click to enlargeARCADE ascends.
Click to enlargeARCADE ascends.
Click to enlargeThe riggers pack things up.
Click to enlargeARCADE ascends.

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