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Getting Ready For Recovery, Round 2

29 Nov 2014, 16:40 UTC
Getting Ready For Recovery, Round 2
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Hey everyone,This is Ryan again. I’m taking the blog back from JohnE, because I’m heading back to the ice for recovery this year, and also because JohnE moved to Barcelona.The Story So Far:On December 9, 2012, the SuperTIGER experiment was launched on a NASA Long-Duration Balloon from Williams Field, Antarctica. It flew for over 55 days—a NASA heavy-lift balloon record—and came down on February 2, 2013, at 82°14’40.2”S, 81°54’42.0”W. During flight, it collected millions of cosmic-ray events. The flight ended too late in the season for any attempt at recovery.During the 2013-2014 Austral Summer Season, a team of four went to Antarctica to attempt to recover the SuperTIGER payload. Due to various logistical and weather-related reasons (detailed in previous blog entries by JohnE), we did not get the payload back, but did get a flight over the payload and some sense of the conditions on the ground.The PlanWhile everything in Antarctica is “weather and logistics permitting”, the plan for recovery goes something like this:The SuperTIGER science recovery team, made up of people who worked on the SuperTIGER experiment, will deploy to Antarctica in early December. We’ll spend about 10 days in McMurdo getting our equipment, doing required trainings, and otherwise ...

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