Integration at NASA Wallops Flight Facility
The following is a series of pictures, taking us through the process of integration at Wallops Flight Facility.
|Day 1; Check-inn of each team's instruments. Check-inn consists of each team running an individual test on their instrument, making sure everything is in order before actually moving it onto the flight-deck.|
|Preparations being made by master student Henriette.|
Meanwhile, the people at Wallops were preparing for another launch the following day, leaving us to working on decoding the signal we aquired through the first day of testing.
On day 3, Wallops was conducting the launch of the RockSat-X mission, which we got to see close up. Needless to say, it was heckin' cool.
Video from NASA's point of view:
Video from our point of view:
After the launch, the payload was retrived from the ocean, and work could begin on integrating our payload.
|The payload that was launched.|
|Some of the experiments on-board took a beating on the way home from space.|
|Integration of the new payload, while the launched payload is being disembarked in the background.|
|The SPID alongside a Japanese experiment on the front-deck of the payload.|
|The payload, with our SPID majestically sitting on top.|
|Installment of the nose-cone. The nose-cone is set to detach at about 50 km altitude, allowing us to take measurements in the 50-100km range.|