PoGOLite launch activities have been terminated at Esrange. We have been waiting to launch since 1st July, but weather conditions have not been good enough. This is very unusual. The low pressure regions which have been oscillating back-and-forth over Esrange have lead to wind conditions which are incompatible with launching a million cubic metre volume balloon. Now, at the end of July, the stratospheric winds are no longer stable enough to support a flight Eastwards towards Canada and beyond.
Needless-to-say, we are all extremely disappointed (this is a massive understatement of course!). After last year’s failed launch, we were counting on finally observing the Crab in polarised X-rays. Disassembling, repairing, reassembling, and testing PoGOLite after last year’s failed launch has required a big effort from the team. I would like to thank them all for their dedication and many sacrifices which made this year’s flight attempt a reality.
One thing is already decided. We will try again next year!