Antarctic research projects canceled after federal shutdown

Fassi-knuckle-boom-crane-antarctic-researchOctober 2013 - U.S. Antarctic. The casualty list from the government shutdown earlier this month continues to grow for U.S. Antarctic science.

On the kill list so far: the $10-million WISSARD drilling project, the first to discover microscopic life in a buried Antarctic lake.

One particular project focused on providing key information on ice sheet stability, but the drilling equipment will now be left under Lake Whillans.

Here an image of the drill set up at the WISSARD test site, December 2012. The Fassi crane is lifting the Load Transfer Case which holds the scientific instruments in place over the borehole.

Fassi Gru S.p.A. - Loader cranes manufacturer since 1965

Fassi Gru is the market leader among Italian producers. Its product range and sales numbers place it among the top producers of hydraulic cranes in the world.

Fassi’s production potential is approximately 12,000 cranes per year. The entire range is exported and distributed throughout the world through an efficient and widespread distribution network. From Canada to France, from the UK to Australia, Fassi’s professionalism is reflected in the company’s aim to meet different market needs, which are often linked to the specific geographical and economic conditions of individual countries.