This is just a quick update. The mission is still in progress. We had a great flight. There were some very, very weird system issues in flight. All communication with the vehicle were great.
Away 35 landed on top of a range. Yesterday we got within 2.2 mile when our way was blocked by shear walls. We were free climbing and climbed through three waterfalls, however, we only cover a half a mile in three hours. Blackrock may look like it’s just a dusty desert, but if you get into the surrounding canyons there are deep pools, streams and amazing ravines with 300 foot high shear walls.
By the time we climbed out there wasn’t enough time for another attempt. Tomorrow we’ll be back. I’ll be approaching from the other side of the range. We got a tip from Bruno himself that there is a way in.