Timeline of events
Nov 28, 2020
Team 1 in Coober Pedy remains in hiding in their cave in Coober Pedy on this 46C day, making the most of the day at base repairing DFN cameras, as well as unpacking and testing infrasound/seismic sensors.
Meanwhile team 2 in Adelaide consisting of Andrew and Mick, helped by Terry, are packing up their car as they are leaving tomorrow morning.
Nov 27, 2020
Today marks the 5 year anniversary of the Murrili meteorite, the first recovered fall of the digital age DFN.
The team visits William Creek, Trevor Wright's air support base, who helped with the recovery
Hadrien and Ellie then head up to Oodnadatta to service the DFN camera there, and finally come back down to base via Mount Barry, also host to a fireball camera in need of servicing.
These gravel roads across Ngurabanna country are usually popular in the cool season with tourists; but this time passing cars over the 600 km journey could be counted on a single hand!
Nov 26, 2020
The main gear shipment has arrived, delivered by McArdle freight. It's getting hot!
Nov 25, 2020
Hadrien and Ellie are doing some DFN camera servicing North of Coober Pedy, also selecting the Northermost site for the campaign. Mustering has started in the surrounding cattle stations and must watch out for cattle crossing the highway!
Nov 24, 2020
Ellie and Hadrien have arrived in Coober Pedy. The dugout accomodation (a typical Coober Pedy construction) will keep them cool for the duration of the campaign.
Nov 21, 2020
The team visits one of the historical camera sites of the DFN, at Forrest Airport
, managed by Karen and Steve.
Although in the middle of nowhere, the stop in Forrest is an opportunity to meet new people.
Thanks Allan from West Coast Aero
for giving us a tour from the air!
We also had a good chat with Catherine from Airborne Research Australia
about possible future collaboration.
Nov 20, 2020
JAXA news update: Information on observing the re-entry capsule on the Hayabusa-2 website
They've also created a pretty cool app
(for those with apple devices) that will show you what the fireball will look like!
Nov 19, 2020
While waiting for the SA lockdown to end, the team is servicing some DFN cameras in the Nullarbor, welcomed by a lightning storm!
Nov 18, 2020
Ellie and Hadrien have left Perth, driving East. Despite having exemption border passes, it is unclear at the moment at what point they will be able to cross the border into South Autralia, as South Australia have started a 6-day complete lockdown of the state in order to contain the Covid cluster in Adelaide.
Nov 16, 2020
The joint research agreement has been signed by both Kochi University of Technology and Curtin University.
Nov 13, 2020
Testing the Raspberry Shake and Booms in the lab and in the field. We finally managed to get them working with GPS modules.
Nov 12, 2020
An online meeting was conducted between Australian partners to coordinate field operations in South Australia.
Oct 27, 2020
The massive box has arrived at Curtin. Martin Towner puts his forklift licence to practice!
Oct 13, 2020
Masa-yuki Yamamoto has shipped the bulk of the infrasound instruments to be used during the campaign to Australia.
Sept 18, 2020
The first Raspberry Shake & Boom
unit has arrived to Curtin.
Sept 14, 2020
Masa-yuki confirms that travel from Japan by science teams will likely not be possible due to Covid restrictions. Plan B is activated, Curtin and partners from Australia will do most of the instrument deployment.
Aug 19, 2020
The first INF04 infrasound sensors have arrived to Curtin for testing, shipped by Masa-yuki Yamamoto.
Aug 19, 2020
JAXA news update: The Hayabusa2 Re-entry capsule is approved to land in Australia in the Woomera Test Range. Check it out on the Hayabusa-2 website
Hayabusa-2 will soon enter its final guidance phase to intercept the Earth (picture credit: JAXA
Nov 13, 2019
Hayabusa-2 departs from Ryugu, the next phase of the mission as it is coming home!
While attending the Meteoroids conference
in Bratislava (Slovakia), Masa-yuki Yamamoto (Kochi U.T.), Shinsuke Abe (Nihon U.), and Hadrien Devillepoix (Curtin U.) start talking at about a possible collaboration to observe the re-entry of the HAYABUSA-2 capsule in December 2020.