Rome, 21 January 2016. David Biondi (INAF-IAPS) and Enrico Simeoli
(CNR-Reti e Sistemi Informativi) are just back to Italy from Dome C,
Antarctica, after a 10 days trip.

They first flew from Dome C to the Italian Mario Zucchelli station on a
Twin Otter;

then they were transferred from Mario Zucchelli to Christchurch, New
Zealand, by the Italica cargo ship. From Christchurch they flew back to

David and Enrico had arrived at Dome C at the beginning of November
2015. At Dome C they first successfully fulfilled their mission of
taking the Dome C East radar back to life.

A power line failure at the end of July 2015, had left the DCE radar
electronics below -60 degrees Celsius for several days,

until Dome C winterers succeeded in repairing the power line. David and
Enrico found out that only PC Main had been damaged and replaced it.

DCE started to operate again on 24 November 2015. After that, “normal”
(if anything can be called "normal" at Dome C.!) maintenance of antennae
and other radar systems was performed.

Thanks a lot to David, Enrico, Corrado Leone (CNR-DTA), who performed
the DCE maintenance in the past years, and to all the people who helped
them at Dome C!


Insituto Nazionale di Astrofisica / Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali

CNR-Reti e Sistemi Informativi:
Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche / Reti e Sistemi Informativi

Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche / Dipartimento Terra e Ambiente