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  • #944
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    Hi Rob,

    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,

    Perhaps the beginning of a new era?

    g

    #8752
    Been There
    Member

    Actually it was closer to 75,000 pounds.

    Been There and Here Now

    #8753
    Baghdad Jim
    Member

    Were there real supplies on the skid or was it a dead-weight test? how soft did it land?

    #8754
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    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.

    If you have a fast connection you should see this video taken inside the plane by the aircrew. Wow.

    g

    #8755
    Sun Dog
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    12/20/2006

    #8756
    Baghdad Jim
    Member

    that is an EXCECELLENT pict.

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