All Nighter for DayStar-Prepping for Balloon Launch

Not the first of the project, but the first of many (concurrent) all-nighters in store for the DayStar team as we get ready for our balloon launch.  Nothing like finding out that your camera stopped working inexplicably at 2AM a few days before it is supposed to be launched into the stratosphere!

The Universe Turns on

The Universe Turns on

This shot was taken while we spent the full night in a dark corner of that hanger. Hopelessly debugging electrical/software problems that inexplicably appeared like  Jesus’s face on a piece of toast.

If a picture tells a thousand words, a video has to be a book, or at least a very thick magazine. Same scene, but videoized

Despite the tranquil outside, what was going on inside the hanger was far from it. Here is a very technical discussion of the exact problems we were seeing. Note our customer’s happy face about 1/3 of the way through:

And a few hours later (around sunrise now) when the imminent breakdown occurred

 

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