MacGyver Award

SpaceRef.com published an article on how our satellite dish elevation drive got fixed back in July. Nice job on pointing out how the dedicated folks down here dealt with what they had and put in long hours to fix the problem.

South Pole RF Building and GOES/MARISAT 9m antenna radome

However, considering that the piece was written by an editor of NSF’s Antarctic Sun it comes as no surprise that he fails to mention that the elevation drive also failed the previous winter and that they somehow forgot to test the grease before they used it for the drive. One can only hope that a few lessons will finally be learned by the management and engineering folks back in Denver.

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