ATIC has completed all major milestones during compatibility testing over
the last several days. Successful checks
include the rotator, solar arrays and power
system, detectors, communication between ATIC and the SIP,
telemetry over TDRSS
and LOS, uplinking commanding over TDRSS and LOS, as well as
ground system links between Palestine, Texas and the flight line
at McMurdo. In addition, the TDRSS high gain
antenna was calibrated and a high speed link,
for both uplink and downlink, was established and tested. At this
point ATIC is ready for flight.
Except for ATIC itself, we have vacated the main floor of Payload 1 and
moved all support equipment to the mezzanine.
ATIC in the external frame.
The dangers of the Ice
Being trapped down here has finally taken its toll.
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