After a few days of high winds and blowing snow, the weather broke and we made it out to our field site yesterday! It’s been a while since the last post and this is going to seem like a bit of a catch up on several days, but is in fact entirely composed of yesterday’s events. Busy day.
In order of appearance–
Now that the weather is warming up (a bit), the idea of traveling by snow machine is much more palatable. We finished our training yesterday and the whole B259 fleet headed out to our field camp in the morning- 4 snow machines and trusty PistenBully 317.
Chris and Peter had been taking advantage of the weather days to work on some code, specifically to refine the method the vehicle uses to calculate its position which is important because GPS does not work underwater. This allows us to know the position of the vehicle, navigate to target points, and map features. We also had some visitors who were just as curious as we were-
Between Sunfish dives, a few of us took the opportunity to clear some snow drifts around camp after a few days of wind and snow. Steve, our implementer, has been awesome in clearing off the majority of snow with his dozer, but it’s up to us to keep things like our fuel cache clear. The framing for the Bot Garage room is also up, now we just need some more time with light winds to finish the roof.
Normally, that would be plenty of action for one day… except the good weather meant a C-17 was landing after nearly a week of delay. After bringing Sunfish back to the lab and a quick dinner Peter, Britney, and myself suited up to take our snow machines out to Pegasus Ice Runway to meet, amongst a hundred scientists, contractors, and flight crew, three more members of our team and Artemis! Cause for celebration.