Data Acquisition Passes the Half-Way Mark
Due to a major equipment failure over the temple of Banteay Torp, a late Angkor-period site within our Banteay Chhmar acquisition block, we had a few days of downtime waiting for a replacement sensor to arrive from overseas… and it was back to Phnom Penh for an uninstall and re-install.
Our government liaisons then suggested that we should conduct a traditional blessing of the aircraft and sensor, which we probably should have done in the first place. So, on our second attempt at the Banteay Chhmar block we consulted with some senior monks from the local pagoda, who advised that it would be a good idea to conduct a ceremony in the field directly in front of Banteay Chhmar temple.
Some tense moments followed as the chief monk liberally doused millions of dollars of newly-installed equipment with holy water… but since then we’ve had several straight days of clear skies and good flying averaging 6 hours of data acquisition per day, including finally completing the troublesome Banteay Chhmar block.
Today in flights over Phnom Kulen we passed the half-way mark for the whole campaign, and if the long-term weather forecast is anything to go by we’ll soon be finished a couple weeks ahead of schedule and under budget in spite of the delays.
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