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The new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats were tested off the coast of Long Beach, California, prior to their deployment to Palmer Station. Bigger Boats, Better Science
Features / Operations
Friday October 14, 2016

Two new boats on their way to Palmer Station will soon allow researchers to dramatically extend their time out on the water, and the distance away from station they’re able to travel while reducing their risk and exposure to the elements. The new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), scheduled to arrive in the coming months, will complement the fleet of smaller boats already at the station.
In the Antarctic twilight, two members of the sea ice team inspect a crack in the sea ice. The Last Winfly
Features / Operations
Wednesday September 21, 2016

Since 1967, Winfly has been the transition period between the winter and summer seasons. However next year, as the station starts to transition into year-round science operations, flights will be flying to and from the station roughly once a month throughout the winter, negating the need for that early cluster of flights.

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