The team has been really cranking. Here’s last Saturdays accomplishments:
Tracking systems preped and tested for Mesospheric Explorer II
Repaired loops on 3ooog balloon launch bag.
Changed Tandem data manager subsystem from 9v to 11.2 volt, main and backup unit.
Mounted Tandem controller and battery housing for live video system.
Finished Tandem swinging antenna mount.
Finished Tandem parachute cannon piston.
Added retention mounts and lines to parachute cannon piston.
Test live video system.
Made new top loading video camera box.
Modified Tandem main controller program to accommodate extended relay board.
Setup test ground station.
Test Tandem parachute ejection, (fired through the main controller).
Mounted all three decks on Mesospheric Explorer II.
Mounted and tested mini-beacon on Tandem.
Mounted and tested mini-beacon on Mesospheric Explorer II.
Parachute basket mounted on Mesospheric Explorer II.
Made Tandem’s main parachute bridle.
Repaired mounter mounts and crew module mockup.
Successfully fired and small rocket motor with a laser (all our future rockoon launches will use laser ignited motors).