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