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  • Cryoplant | Filled from floor to ceiling

    The ITER cryoplant used to be a vast echoey chamber with 5,400 m² of interior space divided into two areas; now, it is filled from floor to ceiling with industr [...]

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  • Cryostat | Adjusting, welding, testing ...

    The assembly of the ITER cryostat—the stainless steel "thermos" that insulates the ultra-cold superconducting magnets from the environment—is progress [...]

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  • Tokamak Building | Full steam ahead

    In this central arena of the construction site, construction teams are active three shifts a day—two full work shifts and a third, at night, dedicated to moving [...]

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  • Poloidal field coils | Turning tables and hot resin

    One of only two manufacturing facilities located on the ITER site, the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility was constructed by Europe to house the winding, imp [...]

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  • Assembly Hall | One giant standing

    Two identical handling tools in the Assembly Hall will play a critical role in preparing ITER's nine vacuum vessel sectors for their final journey: transport by [...]

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A bird's eye view



Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Altivue's tethered balloon being readied for an aerial photo campaign over the ITER site.

The helium-filled balloon is a familiar sight for the ITER staff. It can be seen twice or thrice a year hovering 150 metres above the ITER platform, slowly drifting along with the breeze.

On a bright Thursday morning last week, the balloon, operated by Altivue's Cyril Becquart, was back after a six-month absence.

Images from this new survey should be made available this coming week, adding a new chapter to the "visual memory" of the ITER Project.


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