Little Dome C - Beyond EPICA Drilling Site (75.29917 degS, 122.44516 degE)

Situation Report #37, 7. January 2022

Personnel @LDC: Saverio Panichi (ENEA, Camp Leader), Carlo Barbante (ISP-CNR, PI), Olivier Alemany (IGE), Romain Duphil (IGE), Matthias Hüther (AWI), Calogero Monaco (ENEA), Philippe Possenti (IGE), Clément Savornin (IPEV), Michele Scalet (ENEA), Jakob Schwander (unibe), Thomas Stocker (unibe), Remo Walther (unibe)

Weather at LDC: sunny, low wind – pleasant day

Meteo at DC 6 pm: T = −35°C, Wind = 5 knt, Wind Chill T = −38°C

A first batch of LDC colleagues went to Dome C for the booster vaccination. They safely returned for dinner at LDC.

Those remaining at LDC today worked on housekeeping and the electronics of the main drill and the backup. A particular focus today for Matthias was the transmission of signals from the surface to the motor controller. Michele was busy grooming the surface around the camp and preparing storage positions for items that will overwinter at LDC.

At RADIX, bore hole reaming and cleaning continued between 265 and 270 m depth, and a 5 m hole was prepared for continued drilling tomorrow.

RADIX drilling depth: 275.0 m

Thomas Stocker and Carlo Barbante