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Sev talks about SAFER at Paranal

Sev talks about SAFER at Paranal

Just before we left Sev (RAL Space) the project manager of SAFER gave a talk to people at the Paranal Observatory. There were some projector problems in the beginning so the recording starts rather suddenly. Also once again sorry about the quality the light levels at ESO have to be kept low and we were not equipped for low light recording. Anyway enjoy the talk:

More LCC images

More LCC images

More LCC images showing the layout of the camp:

Long range wireless pointing to Paranal. We have named the rocks next to the antenna. credit: Gerd Hudepohl (ESO)

Long range wireless pointing to Paranal. We have named the rocks next to the antenna.
credit: Gerd Hudepohl (ESO)

and people hard at work:

A dry and cold morning with limited shelter, but luxury of internet. credit: Gerd Hudepohl (ESO)

A dry and cold morning with limited shelter, but luxury of internet.
credit: Gerd Hudepohl (ESO)

Bridget on Mars

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.

Removing the blue colour of the atmosphere gives very much Mars like appearance to images credit: Elie Allouis ‎(Astrium)

Removing the blue colour of the atmosphere gives very much Mars like appearance to images
credit: Elie Allouis ‎(Astrium)

Could have been pictured on Mars, the Atacama shows off the similar visual appearance to Mars credit: Elie Allouis ‎(Astrium)

Could have been pictured on Mars, the Atacama shows off the similar visual appearance to Mars
credit: Elie Allouis ‎(Astrium)

Sweeping the desert

Sweeping the desert

Michel and Andy sweeping the desert. credit: Sev Gunes-Lasnet (RAL Space)

Michel and Andy sweeping the desert. credit: Sev Gunes-Lasnet (RAL Space)

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.

The new LCC

Once again useing cars as wind-breaks on each side

Once again useing cars as wind-breaks on each side

The new LCC

Using our local support's Rauls tent which should be able to withstand higher winds

Using our local support’s Rauls tent which should be able to withstand higher winds

After yesterday’s dust devil we have rebuilt the LCC this morning. Special thanks to Raul for providing the new hopefully more wind resistant tent.

This is the RCC

This is the RCC

We have just completed traverse “sol3”, meaning the path we have done up to now would have taken 3 Martian days on Mars. We are now in stand-by waiting for the RCC team to analyse the results and upload the new plan.

we have received an image from the UK which shows the RCC in action. credit: Luc Joudrier (ESA)

we have received an image from the UK which shows the RCC in action.
credit: Luc Joudrier (ESA)

Loading up Bridget for day 2

Loading up Bridget for day 2

credit: Elie Allouis ‎(Astrium)

Pancam calibration

Pancam calibration Pancam was deployed on the field yesterday to take panoramas at the starting position prior to Bridgets arrival and to calibrate the cameras. The calibration targets would be mounted on the rover for Mars missions.

This is the LCC

This is the LCC

and sandwiches

Local Control Centre with labels

The Local Control Centre was completed this morning to supervise operations of the rover and to transfer data back to the Remote Control Centre (RCC) in the UK. You can see how internet and sandwiches are priority over walls here in the Atacama.

Bridget goes to Mars

Bridget goes to Mars

Loading Bridget on a pickup to carry it down to the trial site

Loading Bridget on a pickup to carry it down to the trial site

In the morning Bridget left her comfy shed behind. The pick-up track is not quite as good as the Russian Proton rocket that will carry ExoMars to Mars but it does to job of cutting across the Atacama to the trial site. good luck Bridget!