Mr. Damien Cuello takes a moment to get acclimated to his high work area and then performs operational checks of the spinning rotor blades and drive line of the 900kW wind turbine at 45th Operations Group Detachment 2, Ascension Auxiliary Airfield (AAF), South Atlantic Ocean on June 25, 2009. The unit sits atop a 110 foot tower that holds the power generation components. It takes only a few seconds for the disk brake to stop the 20-ton three-bladed 182-foot rotor from turning in the wind. This is part of the self sufficient, power,water and waste infrastructure of the base. Mr. Cuello is a power house operator/ mechanical associate with Computer Sciences Raytheon, responsible for maintenance of the 6-wind turbine facility. The wind turbines works in parallel with low-load diesel generators powering the airfield, Space Command sites and facilities, and a royal air force airfield facility. Ascension AAF's award winning self-sufficiency solutions also includes drinking water production and waste water treatment. The mission of Det. 2 is support of eastern range space launches by collecting and disseminating radar, telemetry and tracking data. Ascension island is 35 square miles in a remote island location midway between Brazil and Angola. The nearest country is Liberia - 1000 miles away.
U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung
November 8, 2012
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