A work day at LDB starts with the ~45 minute drive from McMurdo after breakfast. Shuttles are run throughout the day using vans, but the majority of folk at LDB take the 7:30 ride, which uses the larger capacity Kress or “Ivan the Terrabus.” We’ve also had rides on the old school Delta transports, which provide a bumpier ride.
LDB camp itself consists of several heated buildings to support the research payloads, the CSBF instrumentation and in-flight communication, as well as facilities for the necessities in life (eating and digestion).
Work within the highbay isn’t that different than work back in Princeton or in Texas, aside from the fact that the highbay is really nice; this is by far the best high bay or field lab space I’ve had the pleasure of working in. However, it can get pretty crowded with all the parallel projects that need to be completed to prepare for integration.
We’ve so far only been opening the high bay doors to get some cargo in and out and to set the crane up outside for some hardware tests. We’ll be opening them more later in the campaign once the experiment is integrated and we need to take the payload outside for compatibility tests. When the doors are open, the entire highbay quickly cools down to the temperature outside. Luckily, it hasn’t been that cold yet; I only need to grab my jacket if the doors are open more than ~30 seconds.