||January 18, 2003 -
The following is from Joachim Isbert who was on the termination flight
and who will participate in the recovery of ATIC
ATIC has been cut down. Officially at 02:01 UTC at S 74:40, E
160:19 from 124.7 kft. Impact time was 02:36 UTC at S 74:37.8. E
160:24.9 at 5500 ft.
The payload tipped over on landing onto its stern, where the antenna
boom was mounted and was dragged about 60 ft before the parachute was
cut. We landed, but spent only about 10 min on the ground, not enough to
get the disk or anything from the SIP out. I was only able to disconnect
the battery and the solar panels, close the gas bottles and get the
disks from MSFC cut out since they were very easy to get to in that
Bill Stepp wanted to get back to MCM as quickly as possible for the
In spite of being tipped over and dragged ATIC looks pretty good. See
I was able to take a movie from the landing. It is a bit shaky at full
zoom from the circling plane.
Quicktime movie of the landing here (5.2 MB).
View of "top" side
View of starboard side
the ATIC experiment