Severe lack of posting… but much progress. I’ve been in and out of Palestine several times now, but the team has persevered and gotten SPIDER together. We’re doing “full up” tests now, and getting all the on-board software that runs the thing into shape.
The payload sure looks impressive… here it is, looking out the highbay door at night while mapping telescope response on a “hot source” in the parking lot. We have five of the six telescopes in place – the dark circles are baffles that keep stray light from getting into the telescopes. The whole payload is, in this picture, hanging from a crane, scanning back and forth driven by its onboard systems.
The balloon base is a beautiful place at night; here’s the big water tower, in a very overexposed image, with its red light (so airplanes from the nearby airport won’t hit it) on top.
And, very late at night, we undoubtably get a little slap happy at times. Here’s a “creative” shot of Sasha and Sean, getting ready to leave for the night. I had been playing with long exposures outside to get the water tower picture, and took a long shot while rotating the camera to get this.