Evolution of SPIDER (plus scanimation)

A couple weeks ago, SPIDER was mostly operational, but nowhere near ready to fly. Since then, we have discovered and resolved two major issues: with excess detector noise, and with funny behaviour of the pivot motor at the top of the payload. I have spent a blur of night shifts conducting tests, performing repairs, and shinifying/sun protecting many of SPIDER’s surfaces.

Also included below is an animation from Christmas Morning of SPIDER scanning.

[image title=”” size=”full” id=”6462″ align=”center” alt=”SPIDER Scanning GIF” ]

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