||January 28, 2003 -
The following is from Joachim Isbert who was onsite during the recovery
Our 3rd attempt to recover ATIC succeeded. Phil, Derek and I left Willie
field at about 10:00 and arrived at ATIC at 11:30 in 25 - 30 knot winds
and blowing snow.
We recovered the data disk and the SIP and loaded them onto the plane
first. The internals of ATIC looked like they were fully intact. No
damage or loose parts were visible.
The remainder of ATIC was disassembled basically like I had
described it before.
We returned directly to Willie field and arrived there at about 17:00.
Aside from the SIP and the hard disk we recovered all of the detectors
and 95% of the electronics and the rotator. Only the boards
mounted on T2 and the SIP deck items were left behind. Aside of the
electronics all external and internal structure, the carbon targets, the
insulation, the bottom Kevlar shell and the PV arrays are also still
there. See attached pics.
The next recovery flight is scheduled for tomorrow. It looks like the
weather is holding.
What remains after the first recovery
the ATIC experiment