Thanks. I was last here 6 years ago and the changes are astonishing.
By the way, we had an air drop (!) yesterday. A C-17 flew over (1000ft) a few km from station and dropped 6-8 pallets of cargo, total weight I think 26000 pounds. Very cool! It was a proof-of-concept sort of thing, they were looking to see how well it would work. Seemed like a success to me,
It was real supplies — a lot of frozen food and dry goods. BT’s right, it was around 70K pounds. Each pallet had at least three huge parachutes. From my perspective, they landed HARD. I was about 2km away and I could see the snow splash (think: cratering in hard-packed sastrugi). But it all worked out okay. Everything landed upright, nothing damaged, almost exactly where they intended it to land.