SAFER team celebrate
The work is far from over, the study team will continue analysing data and publishing results but for now the field trial part of the trial is over. Both the Atacama team and RCC celebrates the end of the successful trials.
A visitor this morning
More LCC images
More LCC images showing the layout of the camp:
and people hard at work:
Today is a particularly windy day. To quote Andy: “It is windy, windy, windy, dusty and dry but the sun is out.”
However we have learned from our dust devil experience.
Here is the layout of the new camp:
The new LCC layout uses more cars for wind protection, Rauls wind resistant tent and more ropes. We have also moved the wireless antenna to a high beam on a truck to keep it in good visibility of the rover. The trusty generator is doing its work and with the long range wireless we got 2 Mbps down and 3 Mbps uplink to the UK today!
Bridget on Mars
From the beginning it was clear that the Atacama is very similar to Mars visually, but not until you remove the blue of the atmosphere from the photos you realise just how true it is. The following slightly modified images were made by Elie showing of Bridget on this Martian terrain.
Sweeping the desert
Sweeping the dusty Atacama might seem like a futile effort but these sweepers are not removing dust, but removing tyre tracks and footprints, all to preserver the site and not to give out any clues to RCC by accident.
Bridget on the field
Every day Bridget needs to get down from the Beast and take a long traverse to the end of the previous day’s run which is the start of the day’s run. Equipped with all the instruments once again Bridget is heading out. Once in position she will receive the plan from RCC just like the download would happen to a Mars rover and start executing the tasks autonomously.