For the last week I've
been working with project T-949, which is a technical project run by NASA.
Every year, two electrical engineers from the Goddard Space Center come
down to Antarctica to maintain a small ground station that is used to communicate
with polar orbiting satellites after their take-off. This year, the
two engineers, Andre and Tom, had to not only check-up and upgrade all
the computer components, but they also had to move all the computer equipment
into a new building.
Due to radio frequency radiation,
the satellite dish is keep away from McMurdo at a location called T-Site.
T-Site is found on the hills above McMurdo and mainly is populated with
radio antennas that connect science efforts all over the continent.
Just recently all the communication equipment at T-Site were replaced and
along with the hardware overhaul came a new building to store all the computers
in. For that reason, the NASA computers also had to be moved.
Much of my time working with Andre
and Tom was spent moving computer components and antenna controllers from
building to building, but in between hauls, they actually allowed me to
help replace different cards inside the computers.
Tom and Andre were great teachers
and shared a lot of their knowledge on satellites and ground station dishes.
My work with them came to a quick end today when I found out that I've
got to get ready for traveling out across the sea ice to New Harbor at
the entrance to the Dry Valleys. I am excited about finally getting
a chance to leave McMurdo, but I wish I could have help Andre and Tom to
the end. Good luck guys and thanks for letting me hang around this