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Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

Yesterday we participated in the inauguration of the station, together with different VIPs such as our Minister of Defense Pieter De Crem and Minister of Scientific Policy Sabine Laruelle. Schneider Electric was represented bu Gilles Vermot-Desroches,...

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Long days, freezing nights

Long days, freezing nights

Today is February the 2nd, 11 pm and It’s minus 15° in my tent. We have been here for three days now, but time is passing quickly. There are some 50 persons living in the basecamp, making it kind of overcrowded. In order for the kitchen crew to cope with...

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Arrival at Utsteinen

Arrival at Utsteinen

On january the 30th we left the NOVO station where we were stuck because of the bad weather. We reached Utsteinen after a 1 h 30 min flight on a relatively small plane crowded with sixteen team members and a lot of cargo. Since there wasn’t enough space...

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First days on Antarctica

First days on Antarctica

As a result of the delay due to bad weather conditions we only left Cape Town the 28th. At 10 am we took off for the Norwegian NOVO station in northern Antarctica. The plane to Antarctica: an Ilyushin 76TD with Russian crew. There were 10 rows with 6...

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First message from Cape Town

Cape Town, 01/27/2009, Our flight to Antarctica has been delayed due to bad weather conditions. The weather has drastically changed the past days, with reported temperatures as low as -30°C and heavy wind. The pilot is waiting for better conditions to...

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Welcome to my expedition blog.

Welcome to my expedition blog.

Hello, I'm Wim Van Belle, a Schneider Electric employee in Belgium. Together with my colleague Jean Chalon, I will join the next Belare Expedition* (Belgium Antarctic Research Expedition) and leave for Antarctica on January the 23th. During one month,...

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