Archive | September 2013

Advance team’s final approach to Antofagasta

Advance team’s final approach to Antofagasta

The advance team’s goal is to map some of the suitable sites for the trial and to transfer some data back to the remote control centre which is similar to what a real Mars rover’s team would get from the orbiting satellite and descend module imagery. The advance team will also set up some of the infrastructure for the main team such as internet access in the middle of the Atacama!

On the final approach to Antofagasta airport the team managed to take some pictures of the Paranal Observatory from the aeroplane:

Paranal Observatory from plane

Paranal from the plane approaching Antofagasta

Paranal Observatory from plane

Paranal from the plane approaching Antofagasta close up

The team is meeting the a local geology expert Guillermo Chong tonight and head up to the observatory tomorrow morning.

Bridget during SAFER integration week

Countdown to mission start – Kick-off: October 7th

Bridget during SAFER integration week

Before the trial in the Atacama we had to test all systems together. All the instruments were put on Bridget and we had a “mini-trial” in a quarry near Oxford.

Countdown has started for the SAFER campaign to start; the kick off will take place on Monday October 7th in Paranal, Chile, and in parallel in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK