Launch campaign, sunday and monday.

So finally at ESRANGE, feels good. We have lots of expactations for a good launch campaign and hopefully everything will turn out well in the end.

For sunday we had pretty much decided to take it slow, relax and rest after the trip. The day started with breakfast pretty soon after arrival followed by watching a balloon launch. Unfortunately the launch was aborted and instead the team decided to drive into town to sort out some stuff and also take the opportunity to visit a local market. Upon returning to ESRANGE it was already evening and after a nice dinner we headed of to the workshop where we will be working in order to unload the experiment from the car. The day was later nicely round of with a good sauna.

Following on monday the work began directly after breakfast. The SQUID team headed of to the rocket workshop, also known as the church for the characteristic shape of the building. There we prepared our working place and started to unpack the experiment and the tools, setting everything up and even starting to work. During the afternoon it was decided that we were actually going to perform a test of the top plate ejection system the next day which set the team of in a rush to prepare the experiment. The test was meant to test that the altimeter inside the eBox activated the cutter at the correct pressure altitude of about 5500 m. So we worked hard for the rest of the day, pushing for assembly of all systems needed to perform the test and late in the evening we were finally finished. But as always there were some fun things happening. Late in the evening a bit before we were to finish up the gas alarm was activated. Turned out being nothing serious but always fun with something to wake you up a bit 😀

No sauna was in question as we were back at the hotel at around 10 pm, but after chilling for a while we all felt the need for sleep as tomorrow was the first official day of the launch campaign and of course all of us wanted to be in good shape for all the wonderful work to come =D

O yeah right before heading of to the hotel the team got the opportunity to watch some beautiful aurora. Suddenly the cold didn’t seem to get to us, standing outside in the dark, watching the wonderful morphing aurora sky was most properly described as magical.


Movie from bench-test

Laaadies and Gentlemen, aliens and alienesses!!

SQUID productions is proud (TBD :p ) to present a true action movie full of drama and comedy, the ultimate adventure and sci-fi movie ever, a war-story, thriller and documentary  it is:

REXUS 10 bech-test, a very short summary from Thursday and early Friday.

Enjoy 😀

Switch this switch that, then switch back ?!?!?!….. and locked by random password??????!?

Ok, so its well past the midnight hour on december the 4th and yes, the SQUID team is up and working at SPP, should i say as usual??? The hour for delivery has come upon us quicker than what we actually wanted and we don’t have time to invent a time-stopping machine, unfortunately (yeah like we probably could if we wanted right?? who knows, if you have the answer please call 3920539236289306235) ;P

Yes we are starting to get tired and so with tiredness the humor drops quite exponentially so this blog post should not be taken seriously, except for the parts which are serious of course.

What’s happening at this hour that still keeps us together, awake and here then?? well we certainly are not having a nice party, even if we laugh part of the time (due to tiredness ;P). No in fact we started preparing the experiment for delivery, yesterday (friday) and somehow the SQUID just does not want to travel to Germany and DLR (=PROBLEMS!!), even though it actually is a nice trip.

So all assembly procedure documents are precent and we have the parts and a ready for assembly…. point after point is checked off and the assembly of the eBox continues. Ok, good its done, nice HURRAY… now let’s just make sure it works…………………… there really are no words to describe the following set of events, but here is what happened. While running the test on the electronics we encountered that the read write procedure of our FPGA had suddenly, due to some cosmic far away strange black hole mystery thing which gave it and own free will, created and placed a random password upon itself. Now how can that actually occur??? but I am quite sure that if something would create and do something like that it would have chosen exactly this day, place, time and space project to annoy.

What we did afterwards is actually already described in the title. We decided to switch the flight eBox main board to the one inside our test eBox which should be identical according to specifications but of course it was not. Anyway the switch took place and about 45 minutes later when we had unscrewed all the locktited screws and everything and replaced it with the spare main board from the test eBox (and once again locktited the screws) we could conclude that something was fishy here as well. Fortunately Monica had soldered a new FPGA on the fligh main board while the rest of us were spending our time playing trivial pursuit with the other one (no one got a single piece of the cake). So doing everything backwards we now arrived at the point where we actually started off, but without the possessed FPGA this time so HURRAY success! And now let us test it….wait….wait…HURRAY it works!!!! Time to start working again, oooh how i have waited for this moment. I don’t really know how it is going over in the lab as I am currently sitting in a separate room (the library) and writing but as no one is coming here it can either be good news due to that everyone is busy with continuing to work and prepare for assembly… or bad news due to that some are working on fixing fishy stuff while others are sleeping.

No in fact we are finally making progress and I just recieved word from the BIG BOSS that Im soon needed so time for me to wrap up this blog post and join the rest for a coffee.