Many thanks to the NSBF launching team!
The campaign started of course long before the arrival in Ft. Sumner:
Development of a revised data acquisition and trigger system, upgrades
on data receiving, installation of onboard storage, a compacter design
of the balloon gondola, and many other improvements since the first two
engineering flights in 1997 kept us quite busy. The system was tested and
calibrated during runs at Nevis Laboratories
and finally at the NSBF site
in Ft. Sumner.
Here are some images from the flight (NSBF # 464N) and preparation:
(Click on images to view in large)
|LXeGRIT being assembled at Nevis Labs (Feb. '99)||
The LXeGRIT team saying goodbye to the gondola as it leaves Nevis for Ft. Sumner:
Uwe Oberlack, Ian Tolfree, Alessandro Curioni, Elena Aprile, Valery Egorov, Kyoko Takizawa, Karl Giboni.
|After 2 1/2 weeks in Ft. Sumner, the weather conditions seem favorable for a launch. The payload is picked up by the NSBF launch vehicle around 2 a.m. in the night.|
|Ballooncraft with crash padding.||
Elena Aprile and her "baby".
(top, not bottom)
The control room is ready.
(Waiting: Uwe & Sandro [Ventura])
|Kyoko, Karl, & Tadayoshi Doke||Alessandro with future PhD thesis?|
|First detector check during the flight: Everything is working okay!||Recovery team bringing LXeGRIT back from Oklahoma|