Summary Report: July 24th 2001 < Back

Resolute, Nunavut, Canada

- Depart Devon Island

Summary and Progress
- Completed field expedition. Today our field season on Devon Island
ends with all our intended experiments complete. Despite a number of
challenges the team was able to accomplish all of the testing that we
had designed to quantify the performance of Hyperion and the
Sun-Synchronous Navigation system. In addition to subsystem testing, we
conducted two 24-hour experiments. In the first (see summary July
17-18) Hyperion exceeded our expectations in its ability to track a
sun-synchronous route, traveling over 90% of its 6.1km circuit
autonomously and about 10% with remote supervision, to arrive at the final goal
with batteries charged. In the second experiment, in which we increased
the distance and difficulty of the terrain, Hyperion also performed
admirably despite some difficulties (see summary July 21-22), and again
reached the final goal on schedule with charged batteries.

- Returned to Resolute. The team, Bernardine Dias, Ben Shamah, Jim
Teza, Paul Tompkins, Chris Urmson, Mike Wagner and David Wettergreen
along with Hyperion boarded a DeHavilland Twin Otter and flew to
Resolute Bay. (Red Whittaker had departed on July 17.) Everyone in the
NASA Haughton Mars base camp met the plane to help us load Hyperion and
give us a warm send-off. Even Kimiq, the camp dog, stopped by to give
Hyperion a special goodbye.

- Return to Pittsburgh

Early: Low clouds, occasional rain, 5C, winds 10-10kph
Late: Partially sunny, 10C, winds 5-10kph (Resolute)

Quote of the Day
"Kimiq! No, No, No ... awwwhhhh"

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