AzElGadget Integration

AzElGadget 040

AzElGadget 040

AzElGadget

AzElGadget 016

AzElGadget 016

Spider strikes back

Spider 001

Spider 001

… after the Palestine campaign with BLASTpol, Spider integration begins in Toronto.

Wall of Hope-Doom

Full Wall

Full Wall

Or, if you prefer, the Wall of Not Doom (WoND, pronounced “wand”). Whatever you call it, it’s everyone’s favourite absurdly large sun shield extension—and it was mostly assembled today. The gravity of the occasion called for such background music as Carmina Burana and Ride of The Valkyries.

More Cryostat

Awesome screens

Awesome screens

In this post, a few more photos of the cryostat setup, and the mega rack of monitors that Penn uses.

BLAST Cryostat Arrives, and Gets Undressed

Insulation Layer One

Insulation Layer One

Last week the BLAST cryostat arrived to begin the first full(-ish) integration of BLASTpol. Upon arrival it was undressed and bore its tender bits, to have travel legs replaced with thermally isolating ones. Also the HWPR (pronounced “hooper”, […]

Balance Pump

Controller Box Guts

Controller Box Guts

Juan has taken on fixing and programming the inner frame balance pump. Presumably he took these pictures.

PIC Preparation

Final Shot

Final Shot

While I was in Philadelphia (a couple months ago now…I’m still posting old pictures), everyone back in Toronto was working really hard to get the gondola pointing, the star camera mounted, and sun shield completely assembled. All this in preparation for […]

Lock Pin

Closeup

Closeup

I downloaded a bunch of pictures today, and there are a startling amount taken of the lock pin. So I figured I’d post at least some of them, and combine it with a few I took long ago while repairing it.

Spider Reaction Wheel

Motion Blur

Motion Blur

In November, Juan and I assemled the Spider reaction wheel. Now, three months later, I realize I haven’t posted the pictures. In the past three months, the motor assembly has had a bearing added at the bottom to prevent binding.

While […]