Subject: HESSI - On Higher Ground!
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 12:14:57 -0800
From: Peter R Harvey <email@example.com>
Dear HESSI'rs -
Just a quick note to update everyone on the status of the
spacecraft, as we had quite a scare earlier in the week.
On Monday, we were alerted that the south base of Vandenberg was
in danger of flooding and the Air Force command recommended we
evacuate the building where HESSI was. We formed an emergency team
on Monday night at Vandenberg and prepared the spacecraft to move
to higher ground by morning. One hundred troops from the Air Force
showed up and sand-bagged Building 836 in case the flood hit before
we could move. While the river rose to record levels, we moved HESSI
to an available clean room located on high ground in the northern
part of Vandenberg.
We are currently in the Hazardous Payload Facility (Building 1610)
trying to set up the spacecraft support equipment and get
communications, such as email going. If you are reading this, we
were obviously successful!
Finally, we are encouraged by yesterday's proposal by Orbital to KSC
showing a new qualification program and a May 15 launch date. Perhaps
we will soon get this spacecraft in space where it is safe!