It just so happened that both deployments happened in the dead of night. This is really unlucky seeing that we have about 19 hours of daylight here. Joseph Gum, one of techs onboard, was kind enough to provide these photos. Enjoy.
|Cleaning the optical sensors one last time before deployment.|
|Susan giving me a hand with the float. It's actually light enough for one person to carry.|
|Float on deck. Time to get our release lines ready. It's important to measure out the just the right length of rope to get the float into the water. Too much rope increases the probability of snags. We learned that the hard way.|
|Rope measured and tied off. Check. Permission from bridge. Check. Time to hoist Tator Tot into the wild.|
|Splash down. Last step is to slip the rope and let Tator Tot roam free.|