Picture Gallery for Tue 2003-09-02 23:41:51 UTC


Click to enlargeLaunch of the Solar Experiment. As far as I can tell it's called the Solar Bolometric Imager (SBI)... but they don't seem to have a website, the best I can find is this.
Click to enlargeDitto.
Click to enlargeGetting closer to the launch. On the right is the telescope hanging from the Mobile Launch Vehicle. The payload is attached to a parachute which is stretched out (red). The top of the parachute, in turn, is attached to the balloon.
Click to enlargeAnother view. The balloon is held for fill by the roller truck. Behind the roller truck is the helium tanker.
Click to enlargeBLASTers watching the launch.
Click to enlargeFilling the balloon. Here you can see clearly the roller truck and helium tanker.
Click to enlargeThe Mobile Launch Vehicle and payload.
Click to playA survey of the launch site.
Click to enlargeThe balloon again.
Click to enlargeBLASTers watching the launch.
Click to enlargeBLASTers watching the launch.
Click to enlargeGetting ready to release the balloon.
Click to enlargeA small, black test balloon (top right) is launched to test wind conditions.
Click to enlargeAbout to be launched.
Click to enlargeLaunch.
Click to playA movie of launch.
Click toplayAnother movie of launch. This one sort of gets off track near payload release, because I kind of get distracted by the collar releasing and almost landing on the launch vehicle...
Click to enlargeAscent.
Click to enlargeAscent.
Click to enlargeAscent.
Click to enlargeAscent.
Click to enlargeAscent.
Click to enlargeAscent.
Click to enlargeDisappearing into the clouds.
Click to enlargeDisappearing into the clouds.
Click to enlargeJosh and Gaelen working on thermometry.
Click to enlargeJeff modifies the bias generator board.
Click to enlargeEnzo modifies the BLAST Bus Controller board.
Click to enlargeJeff on the gondola doing, erm, something.
Click to enlargeBlazej mylarising the scoop.
Click to enlargeWarm nitrogen venting during initial cool-down.
Click to enlargeThe bottom of the chin covered in mylar.
Click to enlargeMatt forks more unneeded stuff into storage in the other hangar.
Click to enlargeRouting more thermometry.
Click to enlargeGaelen, Blazej and Josh working on the gondola.
Click to playAnother 180 seconds of high-bay life.
Click to enlargeRouting more thermometers.
Click to enlargeBlazej and Josh putting mylar over the gap between the scoop and the inner frame.
Click to enlargeJosh putting mylar over the gap between the scoop and the inner frame.
Click to enlargeMark and Jeff leak check the dewar while Enzo checks bolometer signals.
Click to enlargeEd working on Star Camera code, wearing his Chaos Toque.
Click to enlargeEd working on Star Camera code, wearing his Chaos Toque.
Click to enlargeIt's not a step but it is the phone table.

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