Unpacking day 8: ASM working!

Yes we did! The last night the shell was re-clocked by Armando and Richard that imposed their hands so this morning the shell went again inside the clean tent and was installed by the AO team. The installation procedure took a bit but the TS1 successfully went up and was pulled by the bias magnets against the Reference Body in the standard safe position.  After a relaxant trip to Magellan telescope with Laird and Tyson as Chair, Armando fixed the central membrane in the working position and the ASM was ready for slewing tests. No big issues so the system seems really to be on the road to go to the telescope!

 

Here’s a video of the last part of today’s shell mounting. Skip ahead to about 11:30 for the big moment.

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