The AIM spacecraft continues to operate nominally. The one small patch has been loaded. The bitmap, which is the final step in the process, is in the queue to be loaded onto the flight computer the next time we have uplink receiver bitlock. The uplink receiver bitlock has been sporadic this week.
The SOFIE instrument continues to collect 100 % of events. Data validation is carefully being performed to insure the quality of SOFIE data. The data evaluation process indicates that the SOFIE measurements remain essentially flawless. Testing of initial Release II software is currently underway. The three SOFIE papers submitted to the JASTP special issue were revised and sent back to the editors.
CIPS continues to take excellent data. We are now well into the cloud season and CIPS is providing beautiful cloud images. To view preliminary CIPS images from this season go to the AIM website and the Get Data page, click on CIPS data, select June 2008, then click view images.
CDE has successfully transitioned out of Autonomy and into Normal ATS mode. Temperatures and voltages remain nominal. The ground data processing is entering version 3. This will take care of storing the noise identifiers in the files.
This week the CDE instrument saw an anomaly during the stim calibration procedure. The cause was a timing error during planning after switching to anomalous planning. Originally the stim was set to take 600 seconds and was extended to 1200 seconds. Because of this, the instrument stopped in the middle (literally) and ended up in a calibration mode instead of science mode. However, because the instrument also is in a safe mode during the calibration, the next time we were reset CDE resumed nominal operations. Even during the time when CDE was safed, the calibration mode was still allowed the recording of science, simply at different thresholds. For the ground processing, Level 3 is currently being processed and inserted into the local database and the pans should be forthcoming soon.