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 […]
USAP Prime Contractor to Hold “Industry Days” Conferences…
This post is the mirror of a post on USAP.gov, provided due to its relevancy to Future USAP. 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 […]
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 […]
Completion of the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Briefs to the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) Panel
Existing building layout at McMurdo Station
The AIMS Project recently completed the Preliminary Design Review stage, a major milestone in the development of new facilities and infrastructure for McMurdo Station. Additionally, in late March NSF briefed the project to the MREFC Panel. These are two major milestones in the competition for MREFC funding which is designated for just such a project. The next step is a project briefing to the National Science Board (NSB) in early May.
These milestones were met when an external panel of experts from outside NSF reviewed and evaluated the AIMS project and developed a series of recommendations for the MREFC panel. Their evaluation and recommendations were provided along with a brief from the AIMS Program Officer to the NSF MREFC Panel, who in turn will make recommendations to the NSB Director or her designee for consideration in a future NSF budget year. The MREFC account is an NSF agency-wide capital account created in 1995 with Congressional approval and provides funding to establish major science and engineering infrastructure projects. Read more