November 17, 2005: After close to a two
and a half week delay the ATIC team was finally able to occupy Payload
Bay 2 (green siding) of the new LDB facility on November 16. Last
Sunday (11/13) we were able to briefly come to the site to move ATIC
into the payload bay. This way the instrument had several days to
warm up and dry out before we arrived to complete the setup.
All went very well that first day. Besides setting up our
operations area under the bay mezzanine, we also configured the
electronics / mechanical area, the Silicon Matrix work area, external
frame area, hodoscope / calorimeter work area and storage area.
However, the greatest triumph of the day was powering up and running
ATIC in muon calibration mode. In fact, we were able to do this
within 6 hours of our initial arrival onsite. Analysis the
following day of these overnight muon runs showed that ATIC traveled
very well in its custom container and only couple of hodoscope channels
in S1 need to be examined more closely.
MSFC team is in the process of updating some of the motherboards in the
Silicon Matrix plus we have demounted S1 and are trying to resolve the
few problems left with that detector. If we manage to continue to
avoid any major issues we may be able to move the instrument to the
external framing during the first part of next week.
Several pictures from our first day of work can be found in the
ATIC-3 Picture Archive.
The new LDB facility with Mt. Discovery in
ATIC powered up and collecting muon calibration
data on our first day of work
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