18 July 2011

A day of digging

GLISN solarpanel D-frames under construction

Again a very warm day with no hope for efficient Skier missions. After weather reports from 4 am to 6 am local we decided to cancel the mission for the next 24 hours. Work peace settled and the departing 2 PAX Christopher and Gideon was enrolled in the GLISN work force digging holes for the solar panel D-frame legs.

Today was also the big day where we started the project of mounting a huge sledge under the main Dome. As always the first to do is to remove snow around the Dome. It seems glaciologists always end with a shovel!

What we have done today:
1.  Cancelling planed Skier mission to NEEM with ETA 0930
2.  Monitoring of water vapor
3.  Digging Japanese pit to 5.5 m
4.  Mounting and placing  solar panels on D-frames for the GLISN project
5.  Setting up GLISN GPS station with satellite link
6.  Removing ice and snow around the Dome

Weather: overcast clearing to sun, -12 °C to -4 °C, Wind 4 to 15 knots turning from N to SE

FL, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen

Frogs in the holes …  Drilling the holes for the legs of the solar panels D-frames

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