|The surrounding area map|
|The giant erector set during assembly|
|Close up of the Kevlar construction|
|The frame and rigging on ice|
|Preflight inspection of the rigging|
|Initial hoist of the rigging.|
|We have liftoff! 1st calibration flight underway, up to 3000' now.|
Once complete and operational the flight profile of the rig is to be flown dual piloted at 100' above ground level (AGL) over a challenging valley environment with sloping terrain and glaciers. Throw in random 50 knot down-valley winds and things get interesting.
|The view from below|
|In-flight preparing to either land or net the helicopter below|
All in all it was an extremely successful day. A couple minor adjustments had to made to the rig and off they went the next day to begin flying the rig throughout the Taylor Valley for the next 2 weeks.
Another report to follow from Lake Fryxell where the team is camped out of currently. Stay tuned for more...