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First data from the micro-climate station prototype in Antarctica<img alt="" src="" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> data from the micro-climate station prototype in AntarcticaFirst data from the micro-climate station prototype in Antarctica<p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN">On December, 17th the installation of the micro-climate station prototype was completed as planned in the <a href="" target="_blank">SIMACE</a> (system to monitor environmental parameters in hostile conditions) project.<br> The station aims to the measurement of the micro-climate conditions under which microbial communities adapted to hostile environments. It measures and transmits via satellite some ground and air parameters to the University of La Tuscia, institution responsible of the overall project funded by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research (MIUR), through the National Program for the Research in Antarctica (PNRA).<br> CIRA is responsible for the definition, design and integration of the station prototype and especially of the data transmission that represents the main "added value" of this configuration with respect to the ones adopted in the previous missions. <br> Station main components together with CIRA researcher Michele Inverno, prof. Laura Zucconi Galli Fonseca and the mountain guide Francesco Canale left in helicopter the Italian base station "Mario Zucchelli" to reach the installation site, Trio Nunatak located at 1400 meters above sea level, after a 55 minute flight. Installation operations on north-facing slope took 5 hours according to the expected mounting plan. On the installation completion the startup operations were initiated and ended with the successful transmission of the first data packets through the Iridium satellite constellation up to the FTP server located at the University of La Tuscia premises in Viterbo (Italy).<br> It is expected that the station operate indefinitely, transmitting the acquired data once a week.</span></p>2017-12-18T23:00:00Z

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