Monthly Archives: April 2016

COSI Launch Attempt #3!

Update @ 1:45am: COSI is in the hangar ready to be picked up by the gondola! We’re having our third launch attempt this morning, aiming for a launch around 9am. The weather isn’t looking perfect, but we don’t want to miss the … Continue reading

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COSI Launch Attempt #2!

Update @ 3:15am: The COSI team has finished their pre-flight checkouts and is ready to be moved to the flight line! The weather seems to be stable, so this might be it! Watch the action live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-csbf-ldsd.

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Launch Attempt Tomorrow!

COSI will be picked up at 1am for a launch around 8am (1pm PDT). Stay tuned for updates here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can watch the launch and pre-launch activity at the CSBF site.  

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COSI Flight Operations

We often refer to the term Flight Operations to mean the monitoring and controlling of COSI in flight.  Operations is a very crucial part of a successful flight, as it’s how we ensure COSI is working to the best of its … Continue reading

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Talking to COSI

A lot of people ask us if/how we talk to COSI in flight.  We actually have 4 different ways of communicating with our instrument, each with different ways of sending/receiving data and, most noticeably, different speeds.  Here’s a summary of … Continue reading

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Why hasn’t COSI launched yet?

We’ve been waiting for a good launch day since April 1, and two weeks later we’ve only had one launch attempt that got canceled due to weather. A common question from friends and family back home is: what’s wrong with … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting

Waiting around for perfect weather, we spent the first few days working on our telemetry and analysis tools that we will use to monitor the instrument from the ground.  Since then, however, the pressure has let up some and we’ve … Continue reading

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First Launch Attempt!

We’re working during the wee hours here in New Zealand to prepare for our first launch attempt. Watch the action at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-csbf-ldsd and follow COSI’s live tweets.

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First Launch Attempt Tomorrow!

COSI will be rolling out tomorrow for our first launch attempt! The weather forecast looks marginal, but we wouldn’t want to miss a good day so we’ll be ready if it decides to improve. The science team will be showing … Continue reading

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COSI is Flight Ready!

COSI had it’s compatibility test with CSBF last Wednesday. We had to wait for the excitement surrounding Warbirds to settle down and we needed a full day of good weather. The science team arrived at 5am to go through all … Continue reading

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