Eye on the TIGRE

Today’s major news is that TIGRE did a compatibility check with CSBF and should declare flight readiness tomorrow.  Compatibility, as the name suggests, is an all-up check of all the physical and electronic interfaces between the science instrument and the CSBF crane, communications packages, and ballast systems.  It’s also a good time for the rest of us to take a look at other payloads in their flight configurations.

TIGRE up close.

Attaching crush padding and ballast hoppers.

On the crane.

Unfortunately, the surface winds don’t look good for launching for the next few days–there’s a cyclone lingering on the northern coast of Australia.  Hopefully by the weekend TIGRE will get a launch opportunity.  The float winds are rather variable, but they look pretty good.

As for us, we keep adding and testing gondola systems.  We got some bad news, though–some calibration sources we’ve ordered from the US are not here yet.  The company told CSBF they would be shipped a week ago.  Turns out they’re still in the States…

(At this point I want to note that my great little pocket camera–a Fuji FinePix F30–is still showing a full battery.  I haven’t charged it since I left the States!)

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