First RHIB Deploys at Palmer

Rigil, the first Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) has safely arrived at Palmer Station, and work has begun to gradually test systems and demonstrate its new capabilities. As has been covered in recent posts, this new class of craft is compact but extremely capable – packed with safety and operational equipment to support science on the water around Palmer Station. In our video above, we highlight some of the latest photos and footage from Palmer Station, Antarctica.

In Rigil’s first few weeks of deployment, it has accumulated roughly 36 hours of runtime, most of which has been focused on testing its mechanical systems and navigational suite. The team’s goal is to get as much testing in now so that Rigil is ready to support science when the summer boating season starts later this year. Read more

USAP Prime Contractor to Hold “Industry Days” Conferences…

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USAP Prime Contractor to Hold “Industry Days” Conferences for Upcoming Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) Projects

Leidos Innovations Corporation (Leidos), who provides logistical support to the National Science Foundation (NSF) managed U.S. Antarctic Program, is holding two upcoming “industry days”. Leidos is encouraging prime and lower-tier subcontractors who are interesting in learning more about projects and acquisition under the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) program, to attend the upcoming conferences. The AIMS program is a large, multi-phase program that consists of four major construction projects, three of them design-build (DB) and one design-bid-build (DBB). Read more

Palmer Pier Planning Advances

Site drawing from the 35% design for the new Palmer pier

The United States Antarctic Program recently completed a formal design review of the 35% design of a new Palmer Station Pier, advancing this critical piece of Antarctic infrastructure further along in the design process.  When constructed, the new Palmer Pier will offer a safer and improved logistical platform, provide expanded vessel berthing capabilities, and incorporate several additional safety and operational features.

Thanks to its coastal location on Anvers Island, Palmer Station is the focal point for inshore aquatic and marine Antarctic science. As discussed in a previous post, the station now supports the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) program which uses custom-designed craft that are tailored to withstand the environmental conditions and provide improved support to the research conducted in the region. Read more