October 20, 2005:
ATIC is getting ready for its third mission to the
continent of Antarctica and we are anticipating that it will be the
longest, best flight of the program to date.
season is the way we have shipped the instrument and support equipment.
In particular, we purchased a C-Container and Jeffery and Robin of NSBF
modified it to provide a secure mounting arrangement for the ATIC
instrument. This new arrangement has several advantages.
First, it provides a much more secure environment for the instrument to
travel in and eliminates the need for several old, leaky wooden crates.
Second, we can now ship the instrument assembled in our laboratory frame
and, theoretically, once we reach Antarctica we can just roll the
instrument out of the crate and turn it on. We will see how close
we come to this ideal situation.
Over the last two years
NASA has invested heavily in upgrading the LDB facility at Williams
Field and over the winter the final stage assembly of the new buildings
has been completed. These buildings include two, huge payload
bays, separate buildings for the riggers and telemetry folks, a
mechanical build that includes flush toilets and a set of
electrical generators. With each payload building being 60 feet
long by 30 feet wide, we expect to have plenty of room for ATIC.
The LSU crew leaves Baton Rouge on October 26 and, after spending a few
days in ChristChurch, NZ, should deploy to the ice at the beginning of
The assembled ATIC mounted in its new
The new buildings of the LDB facility at Williams
Field in Antarctica
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