HiWind has launched and landed!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Finally, after repeated postponements due to unfavorable weather conditions, HiWind launched from Esrange Space Center, Kiruna, Sweden, on Sunday, June 24. The HiWIND team arrived in early May 2018. During May, they assembled the gondola and mounted numerous specialized instrumentation in preparation for a June launch. On June 8 the winds appeared low enough to make launch possible and HiWIND left the dome for testing. However, the ground winds increased and the payload was returned. In another effort, on 13 June, the team did pre-launch testing, but the ground winds persisted and the launch was canceled yet again.

HiWIND launched on 24 June. HiWIND flew directly west over Greenland and the Northwest Territories and landed in west Canada near Kugluktuk on Sunday, 1 July. The payload is still transmitting data packets while on the ground. This usually indicates a fairly soft landing. We are optimistic that the payload survived and will continue to be fine until the recovery team arrives.

Learn about the HiWIND 2011 campaign: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/hiwind-project-sweden-june-2011

Alice, Qian, Hercules Launch Vehicle image
Alice Lecinski and Qian Wu standing in front of Hercules, the launch vehicle 
Launch Team Image
Launch Team (L to R): Qian Wu, Peter Yee, Bart Woodiel, Alice Lecinski, Nicole Ela, and Arlo Johnson


HiWIND About to Launch Image
HiWind About to Launch on Sunday, 24 June
HiWIND Airborne image
HiWind airborne on Sunday, 24 June
HiWIND tracked image
HiWIND westward flight path
HiWIND on the ground image
HiWIND on the ground near Kugluktuk