Mounting the Gondola

Yesterday we took a big step forward… we lifted the cryostat (which was sitting “medium cold”, at about 80 Kelvin on the inside) from its floor stand up onto the gondola, where it sits for flight.  The cryostat, as you can see below, is rather large… it weighs maybe 2500lbs when full, with electronics mounted, etc.

The lift was successful, and today we prepare for another big event, the first liquid helium transfer, which should take place tomorrow if all goes well.  Onward and upward!