end station A.
counting room above the ESA. There were like 6 flights of stairs to go up. I don't know how many instruments and electronic cards were in this room, but it was a lot. Most of them were switched off, but still many were running, without anybody checking them. It wasn't really clear if they all these instruments were actually remotely controlled, or just running and nobody dared to switch them off. It might be that they still have a purpose nobody knows about.
It took still some time to completely understand the data read back and get a good feeling for the whole setup. We had also to adjust the mechanical part of the doublet, but at the end it worked and in a final night session we got all the measurements we wanted to do. It meant to go down to ESA every 20 min for between something like 1am to 5am. And each time you have to call main control to get access to the end station. At the beginning it was like: (me, MCC) "Hi MCC, this is Niklaus. We're two people to get in to ESA." "Ok. What are the names?" "It's me, Niklaus and Amar." "Ok, here are you're keys." "Thanks, got them." "And here is the door." "Thanks, bye" And the same to get out. At the end of the night is was more like: ""The two of you want to get in?" "Yes" "Keys ... and door." "Thanks, bye" Was a fun night :-) And now I let you wonder at some preliminary results: