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March 13, 2018

After two weeks of assembly, integration and testing of power, computing and communication systems, HiWIND received a 'fit-to-fly' stamp of approval from NASA.

February 28, 2018

Team members Peter Yee and Rob Graves are shown mounting the "DIMS-RADIANCE" CubeSat prototype instrument within the HiWIND lower gondola extension wing bay. This is a 'piggyback' mission' allowing some early stage testing of a low cost solar irradiance measurement system being developed by HAO Engineer and Principal Investigator Phil Oakley.

February 27, 2018

HAO Engineer Nicole Ela, in the midst of performing a calibration of the HiWIND GPS receiver. She's using four antenna's mounted to booms above the gondola and a Magellan ADU5 receiver to establish a calibration that will be used in flight to monitor the position, heading and velocity of the HiWIND observatory as it acquires science data.

February 26, 2018

HAO Instrumentation Group member Rob Graves and consultant Bart Woodiel installing antennas and cabling in preparation for GPS calibration efforts.

February 23, 2018

An HAO team, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Qian Wu, is currently at NASA's Columbia Scientific Ballooning Facility (CSBF) in Palestine, Texas. The team will spend two weeks working with NASA colleagues performing "Compatibility Testing" between the HAO electrical systems and the NASA balloon command and control communications systems.