Two ARTEMIS docking bars in different states of assembly. (photo: Peter Kimball)
Evan and I were in the Crary lab today assembling the LED-illuminated docking bars that ARTEMIS uses to dock with its recovery gear. The spacing and flashing frequency of the LEDs is known by the ARTEMIS software, so it can easily find the bar and compute the distance between itself and the bar. Since the bar serves a critical purpose in the docking process, we will have a spare ready to substitute if necessary.
Evan sciences the docking bars. (photo: Peter Kimball)
Reporting by Peter Kimball