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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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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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Warbirds of Wanaka and COSI Calibrations

The tiny Wanaka Airport has been buzzing recently. Over the Easter long weekend they hosted the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow, which, from the view of our hangar right on the airport apron, was awesome. There were so many amazing planes … Continue reading

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NASA Super Pressure Balloon Blog

Check out the Super Pressure Balloon blog written by Jeremy Eggers here with us in Wanaka! https://blogs.nasa.gov/superpressureballoon/

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COSI 2016!

Sorry to leave you all hanging for so long. It’s been a busy past year for COSI! And it’s about time that we caught you up on what we’ve been working on.

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COSI’14 Recovery (long overdue)

Balloon payloads are effectively reusable. You launch your instrument once, after the flight is terminated it lands with the assistance of a parachute, you go out and pick it up, take it back to the lab for repairs/upgrades, and then … Continue reading

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