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September 1, 2000
The month of August, 2000 was spent at the National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) in Palestine, Texas integrating the ATIC instrument with the NSBF "ballooncraft" components.  During this time we tested all payload systems including the satellite communication links, powering the instrument from the solar panels, uplinking commands and downlinking status information and the NSBF rotator which will keep the ATIC solar panels facing the Sun. 

On August 25, 2000 ATIC underwent the Mission Readiness Review (MRR).  During the MRR results from the month long pre-deployment integration were presented and examined for issues that may need to be addressed prior to flight.  Only a few items were identified and should be resolved over the next few months.

Following the MRR the ATIC experiment and support equipment was crated and shipped to McMurdo, Antarctica.  The ATIC crew is now working to complete the physical qualification paperwork as well as preparing a few last minute items for late shipment.

The ATIC crew members will arrive at McMurdo toward the end of October and will begin preparing the payload for a December, 2000 flight.


ATIC crate ready for shipment to Antarctica



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