Category Archives: In the lab

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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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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Cryostat Integration

I meant to update this a few days ago, but haven’t had a chance yet. It’s been an exciting week: we got the cryostat on the gondola and we have an almost fully built instrument!

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Shipping Trouble

We keep getting delayed due to shipping, which is pretty frustrating. First, we had to wait to get the card cages sent from Berkeley. As soon as we got those last week, we thought there was nothing preventing us from getting … Continue reading

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First day in Wanaka

Alan, Alex, Brent, McBride and I arrived in Wanaka yesterday afternoon. This was basically the first thing we saw:

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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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It’s a harsh continent

The last launch attempt was tough. We got so close. Closer than most of us on COSI have ever been to launching a payload that we have worked on. In fact, we got past a point that CSBF said there … Continue reading

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6th time’s the charm!

ANITA had their 6th roll out this morning and after a few snags they made it out to the flight line and had a gorgeous launch! For many of us, on COSI and ANITA, this was the first balloon launch … Continue reading

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