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!
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