"And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."
As a young Bruce Wayne learned in the first of the Christopher Nolan Trilogy, Batman Begins (2005), we must learn from our mistakes. Although this is a pretty common phrase, it is still valuable to be in a situation where we can reflect on what we have learned and appreciate the growth we have made.
Last May, from the dates of the the 15th to the 25th, Challenger suffered what we feared to be a fatal error when her computer reset underwater, resulting in an infinite loop that prevented any communications between the COOL Room and the glider for nearly 10 days. Upon recovery off of Ascension Island in November, Challenger's software was upgraded which included a patch that resolved the glider falling into an infinite loop which terrified us so badly. Although this fix did allow us to sleep better at night, early this morning, Challenger suffered from another under water reset, however with our ever expanding experience, our team was able to regain control and get her flying back to normal within hours.
Now back on her feet, Challenger is continuing to fly in the upper 20's- 30 km/day rushing forth towards the shores of Sao Paulo. Planning ahead, we hope to follow the red line displayed in the image above as we weave our way between Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Sea Mounts as we prepare to make land fall. By our estimates, we should be reaching shore by early to mid April if Challenger can continue to maintain these speeds.
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