Well, the sign was new last year, but here's the new location as of November. Installing it are Boyd Brown (left) and Martin Lewis; the photographer is Andy Martinez. Boyd provided the photo.
As for what's going on this year--well, with the smallest summer crowd in over a decade, not nearly as much as a few years ago when IceCube drilling was in full swing, the new station was still being built. And for some reason the tourist crowd is down considerably from last year.
Some of the more significant bits of construction and maintenance include:
|The project of jacking to level the garage/heavy shop/VMF or whatever is, well, not very photogenic. So instead here's a look of some of the hydraulic units used for this operation, seen staged here (left) in the UT shop, which is of course in said building (JD). I do have more photos of this project...stay tuned.|
Above left, the last of three main engine generators in the power plant is being replaced (at right, some of the removed pieces and parts). This is the end of a 3-year project; in 2010-11 a new alternator was purchased and shipped in to be installed on #1 engine; the removed alternator was shipped back to the vendor for an overhaul. The second swap was made last summer; this is the last phase of the job...looks like #2. Yes, some folks may think the power plant is still brand new...but it has been online since 2000, and these units are best serviced by the manufacturer. In the late 1980's, the alternators on the original dome power plant generators were replaced after about 12 years of service (JD).
Credits...Jeffrey Donenfeld (JD) and Boyd Brown.