CASCADES-2 - Project Updates
The Cornell group's "picture of the day" page is located here.
25 March 2009
Here is a final update with the only photo of the launch that was taken.
20 March 2009
Successful LAUNCH! Click here for an initial (brief) update from the PI.
19 March 2009
Today is the unveiling of the great art project that Steve and his team of volunteers have been working on. The photo updates for tomorrow should be spectacular. Click here for an update from the PI.
18 March 2009
Another day of counting with not much new to report, as far as updates go. Click here for an update from the PI.
17 March 2009
Happy St. Paddy's Day! Here's to hoping for a green launch! Click here for an update from the PI.
16 March 2009
Last night was the first night of the second window. Everything seems to be in working order, including the team, after a week of rejuvenation. Click here for an update from the PI.
4 March 2009
2 March 2009
Just two nights left. Last night was better than the past few, but the solar wind is still being difficult. Click here for an update from the PI.
1 March 2009
The solar wind refuses to cooperate with us, even though there are just three more nights left in this window. Click here for an update from the PI.
28 February 2009
Sorry the website temporarily got a little messed up. I am re-doing this update but I don't even remember what happened this night. Probably we were out for winds. Click here for an update from the PI.
27 February 2009
We had some really amazing aurora last night, but of course, we were out for winds the whole night. Click here for an update from the PI.
26 February 2009
Sorry for the delay in getting the updates posted. I had some troubles logging in to the site, but things seem to be fixed today. Click here for an update from the PI.
25 February 2009
It was a very cloudy night, so even though our magnetometers were showing signs of activity, all three sites were completely blind. This did help us to see how PFISR is showing us the signatures we are looking for as well. Click here for an update from the PI.
24 February 2009
Last night we were in for winds for most of the night, but were continually teased by ACE, which refused to give us a proper substorm. Click here for an update from the PI.
23 February 2009
We are getting quite anxious for a launch, but the winds continue to frustrate us, which is apparent from the brevity of this update from the PI.
22 February 2009
Last night was another great night for aurora overhead, but we are still out for winds. Click here for an update from the PI.
21 February 2009
We have been having some interesting science conditions and also very good aurora considering we are in solar minimum, but so far conditions have not been right for launch. Click here for an update from the PI.
20 February 2009
Still no launch, but the future is looking bright! Click here for an update from the PI. Also, we have some photos from our field stations for your enjoyment.
19 February 2009
No new pictures for today, as nothing terribly exciting was going on last night. Kristina has a pretty informative update today with a lot of good links.
18 February 2009
Last night the Lehmacher mission launched, so there was a lot of excitement at the range. Click here for an update from the PI.
17 February 2009
We have finally gotten permission to be able to launch, just when the aurora has disappeared. There are clear skies tonight though, so we are all hopeful that the other rocket team will have a launch tonight. Click here for an update from the PI.
15 February 2009
We have been seeing good aurora and are getting excited about a launch! Click here for an update from the PI.
12 February 2009
The rocket is nearly ready to be launched. After the final build up stages are completed our launch window will officially start. Then we will look for good space weather conditions for launch. For information on the types of conditions we are looking for check out the links at our space weather page. Also, click the photos below for a larger version.
5 February 2009
The team has been very busy with rocket- and other kinds of testing.
Field Campaign: 20 January 2009
Our field campaign begins this week. Equipment and personnel are beginning to arrive at Poker Flat. The schedule is here. We begin to watch the patterns of auroral activity as we approach our window opening on February 11.
Postvibe Testing: December 2008
All detectors were tested in vacuum with a particle source after integration and vibration testing were completed. All detectors behaved properly and were put in storage in preparation for shipment to the field.
Integration: October - December 2008
Testing and Calibration: Fall 2008
Detector Fabrication: Summer 2008