Both the hangar and the home front were sites of accomplishment this weekend. Saturday was a work day for us, marked primarily by great success integrating the detector cradle into the balloon gondola. Since our crane only goes up and down and side to side (but not front to back), we had to maneuver the gondola in place under the hanging cryostat by means of a pallet jack and some brute force. Thankfully, we accomplished this speedily (one hour!) and without harm to instruments or students. With the gondola starting to look like a full-fledged instrument, we began loading the electronics into the electronics bay in the rear of the gondola. This process revealed some small logistical snags, but we were able to power up the “card cages” and flight computer and verify that they made the trip in working order.
Sunday was a day of rest and an opportunity to make ourselves more at home. I was pleased to discover that our local grocery, Dave’s Venture Market, has a broader selection than I was led to expect. No one will mistake the produce for that of the Berkeley Bowl, but if we can pull off good meals like the lentil stew Daniel made tonight, we’ll be in good shape.