Author Archives: Jacqueline Beechert

2020 Wanaka Balloon Campaign Canceled

The 2020 Wanaka balloon campaign was canceled this week. Everyone on the COSI team is sincerely thankful for the hard work and kind assistance we received from NASA and CSBF while preparing for the mission. We are proud of what … Continue reading

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Integration

After only a week in Wanaka we have unpacked our supplies, successfully tested the proper functionality of each detector, checked our electronics readout, collected low-energy calibration data with Am-241, Co-57, and Ba-133, calibrated our shields, started setting up our power … Continue reading

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We’re in Wanaka!

Brent, Steve, Hadar, and I are finally all in Wanaka! Brent and I drove the cryostat from the Christchurch Airport to the Wanaka Airport today. Hadar and Steve arrived in Wanaka earlier this week to hold down the fort and … Continue reading

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Wanaka, here we come!

The COSI team finished packing its belongings at CSBF earlier this week and tomorrow Brent, Steve, Hadar, and I begin our journeys to Wanaka, New Zealand! Thank you to everyone in Palestine, TX who made our stay enjoyable, productive, and … Continue reading

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CSBF Updates!

Why CSBF? The COSI team’s time at CSBF in Palestine, TX is already wrapping up! I wanted to provide an overview of why we temporarily moved our experiment here before heading to Wanaka, New Zealand for the COSI 2020 launch. … Continue reading

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COSI 2020 Hits the Road: Driving the cryostat from Berkeley to CSBF

On January 5, 2020, Hadar, Nick, and I began our three-and-a-half day drive from Berkeley, CA to the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) in Palestine, TX. While most of the COSI equipment traveled by truck and the rest of the … Continue reading

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