Paul Kenney ran the meeting, not clear if he is acting as Jay Bollinger interim replacement for all projects Jay was responsible for, or just going to take on these meetings until someone replaces Jay.
Rather than working down the agenda, Paul used the minutes from previous call to guide discussion, asking for updates based on what was discussed 2 weeks prior.
Dave Smith reported that he hoped to be able to update and circulate the graphic schedule much more often moving forward, in order to reflect changes that come up due to focused discussions on a number of projects that are gathering momentum (especially planning for Isi).
Dave also noted that the charters for Isi Mobile Garage and new Power/Water Module for Summit had been revised and would be circulated again soon.
Tracy summarized the discussion of the 28 Jan Power and Energy call and also noted that work on detailed analysis of the power cable that might link Summit Observatory to Isi station had begun. While there is still more work needed to get good estimate of full cost to procure, transport, install and maintain such a cable, Tracy did say that knowing the distance (5 km) and assuming that max load at Summit would be capped well below 50 kw made it clear that much smaller conductors than the ones Jud Joiner had priced in earlier analysis would be sufficient. This should greatly reduce procurement and shipping costs.
Discussion of the microturbine CHP proposal Dick is leading detoured into discussion of a need for pilot project to establish whether the Capstone devices will function at a place like Summit. All agree that this needs to be done, but the $300 k price tag for a complete dual turbine module with all the necessary peripherals is prohibitive for a simple test. Pat tasked Tracy to contact Capstone to get pricing for just a 30 kw unit with necessary switch gear, and see if it would be possible to use the intermediate drill test as the pilot project. Time line is very likely too short, but Tracy will look into it. He asked that Pat make it clear to Dick that the tasking came direct from RSL. Apparently Dick feels that the test might not be fair to the Capstone microturbines if their unit was just in a small weather port without the protection/tempering of intake air/heat exchangers/etc. that would be part of any system eventually deployed to Summit for longer term.
Isi Scoping Document charter revised again based on comments from SCO and others. Discussions with stakeholdes and SME’s need to begin soon. Monique has proposed dividing these meetings into 4 or 5 topical areas, so that most could be smaller, focused discussions by highly interested participants. There may be one large group discussion about programmatic guidelines that will inform all of the smaller subject area groups.
GLT, Paul confirmed that Roberto and his team have decided that nothing will be shipped to Thule on the vessel this year. CPS will have significant effort preparing for the following season, and is submitting a CR to support the early phases of that.
NASA Rover team reported that now that NASA has a budget, they should learn what their budget will be soon, possibly at a meeting with HQ the first week in Feb. Their timeline for bringing anything to Summit will be determined by NASA funding profile.