The facility has 3 big tanks and only one has a usable amount of helium in it. And someone goofed on the ordering. It will be tight to get enough in for the scope to operate over the winter. The project is called BICEP and it uses it to cool the millimeter wavelength detector (radio telescope).
|Standing at the South Pole Telescope with the BICEP, SPUD and MAPO machine shop in the background.|