Field and CPL Updates
- I-163 (Raymond & Matsuoka -Radar ice anisotropy) & A-357 are in the field with all science cargo and are at full speed ahead.
- I-177 (Sowers-Firn gas) is scheduled to arrive in camp next week. I-177 may be delayed in McMurdo a couple of days depending on camp facilities.
- I-188 (Gogineni-Basal conditions and internal layers) is scheduled in a couple of weeks. No delays are anticipated at this time.
LC-130 Fixed Wing Operations:
- Very active two weeks to recover camp schedule and maintain momentum. Good weather in McMurdo and WAIS has prevailed.
- Missions completed to date: 26 of 49
- Majority of camp construction cargo has been received on site.
- Arch materials are next in line in preparation of beginning arch construction.
- Arch footers and tools on site.
- WAIS Divide has been backup to South Pole and other field sites.
- Skiway is completed and fully groomed. Maintenance grooming has begun.
- New skiway groomer has proven to be a major improvement and the design has work extremely well on the local snow conditions.
- Tucker Sno-cat is running well and the forks have been very useful.
- CAT 953 is up and running strongly.
- Several tent structures have been erected including a temporary galley tent, communications tent, medical tent, twin otter and general berthing tents.
- Galley and Mechanic's shop hard panel modules have started. This is a joint effort between Science Construction and the RacTent designer / manufacturer Jim Davis who will be on site till Dec. 10.
- Camp generators and power supply is scheduled for next week.
- 2-10k gallon bladders are in service with new secondary containment berms.
- Full containment of fuel drums has been practiced. Additional fuel berms have been ordered for delivery to site ASAP.
- Camp construction is anticipated to continue into the week of Dec. 17.
- Camp close-out is scheduled for the first week of Feb.
- Arch crew on site: Billy Texter and Drew Abbott.
- Second team of arch crew scheduled to arrive next week. Third team after that.
- Additional FEMC arch crew (up to 6 persons) is being organized in McM for availability to assist with the arch construction.
- CAT 953 & Pistenbully 100 w/ Zaugg snowblower have started the snow foundation today. Up to 14 days till completion.
- Preparation for construction will begin next week with the arrival of arch crew members and arch materials while foundation continues.
- Arch construction schedule started 17 days behind original date. Completion is still anticipated around 31 January.