Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Flight Week: Day 2

 Day 2 was a rough day! We were all running on very little sleep and then we were at the Hanger from 7:30am until 4:30pm.

 At least the Test Readiness Review we had in the morning went well!

 Early this morning during our pre-flight test our system developed a leak that we were unable to repair. The team had to quickly come up with a plan to reduce the leak in our system. With the help of the RGO Staff and our NASA Mentor, we were able to come up with a solution. We decided to eliminate the pump in order to reduce the pressure it created in the system that was intensifying the leak. After we came up with our solution we encountered another problem! The mounting rails that had been lost by Southwest, then found, no longer fit the apparatus while mounting to the plane. Our structural mentor, Mallory, came in and provided guidance to help us make our mounting rails work.
We left the hanger with our apparatus ready to be mounted and with our bodies ready for sleep. Once we returned to the hotel the boys passed out and Dr. Barney Smith took a nice long nap. Roxanne, Libby, and Jill worked on making changes to the TEDP and the Structures Report. We ended the night with a dinner at Boondoggles with some Boise State Alumni. Libby made sure the team left at 9:30pm sharp, so that everyone would be ready for flight tomorrow!