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September 15, 2014
Restrictions for Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the United States Antarctic Program Restrictions for Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the United States Antarctic Program

Due to the potential operational, environmental and safety hazards, the use of any UAV, drone, or remotely piloted aircraft in Antarctica by U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) personnel is prohibited without specific authorization.

August 8, 2014
Draft Report on GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020, An Invitation for Public Comment Draft Report on GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020, An Invitation for Public Comment

The National Science Foundation’s Geosciences Directorate seeks public comment by September 12, 2014 on its draft report, Dynamic Earth: GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020.

July 24, 2014
USAP Participant Notice: Baggage Allowance Reduced Between Christchurch and McMurdo USAP Participant Notice: Baggage Allowance Reduced Between Christchurch and McMurdo

The baggage allowance on the Ice flight between Christchurch and McMurdo has been reduced to 75 pounds (34 kg), both directions. Be sure to read the "Changes in 2014-2015" document included in your deployment paperwork to learn about other important changes.

May 21, 2014
Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, Former New York Air National Guard Commander, Dies in Glider Crash Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, Former New York Air National Guard Commander, Dies in Glider Crash

Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, the former commander of the New York Air National Guard, was killed early this month in a glider accident in Aquila, Arizona. A funeral service and burial were held this week in New York State.

May 6, 2014
Scott Borg nominated for SAMMIE award Scott Borg nominated for SAMMIE award

Scott Borg of NSF's Division of Polar Programs has been named by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service as one of 33 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists.

April 18, 2014
Chile Waives Reciprocity Fee for Travelers Chile Waives Reciprocity Fee for Travelers

Due to a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Chile, United States Antarctic Program (USAP) participants who enter Chile via Santiago will no longer have to pay the $160 Chilean Reciprocity Fee.

Previous Announcements

Dear Colleague Letter Regarding Proposals for the Antarctic Sciences Solicitation External U.S. government site
Information Related to the U.S Government Shutdown
USAP Dental X-Ray Requirements Changed
2013-14 USAP Participants Guide Now Available
USCGC Polar Star Stands Down From Antarctic Rescue; Will Proceed to McMurdo Station to Conduct Break-In
Staff Changes in the Division of Polar Programs External U.S. government site
Fiscal Challenges Facing the U.S. Antarctic Program - A Message to the U.S. Antarctic Program Research Community External U.S. government site
Staff Changes in Antarctic Sciences External U.S. government site
USAP Deployment Forms Updated
NSF Charters Icebreaker to Support U.S. Research Stations in Antarctica External U.S. government site
NSF/POLAR Funding Opportunity: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program - Deadline May 31, 2013 External U.S. government site
National Science Foundation Realignment Plans (Press Statement 12-002) External U.S. government site
2012 Midwinter's Day Greetings from the United States Antarctic Stations
Research Vessel Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP) Charter Extended
NSF/POLAR Antarctic Funding Opportunity - Deadline May31, 2012
Antarctic Support Contractor Seeks Qualified Job Applicants
New Program Officers Join Antarctic Sciences Division
New Report Unveils Eight Questions to Drive Future Research in AntarcticaExternal Non-U.S. government site
USAP Grantee Alert: Icebreaker Status - Updated August 25, 2011
Norm Augustine to Lead Review of Antarctic Science
Read the NSF Press Release
New Zealand Earthquake: Updates and Impact on the United States Antarctic Program
UNOLS Hosts February Workshop on New Polar Research Vessel Development
IGY Scientist Left Indelible Mark on Polar Sciences External U.S. government site
Subra Suresh Confirmed as NSF Director External U.S. government site
USAP Participants Alert: September 2010 Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Status
Deceased University of Wisconsin Professor was Polar Pioneer in Meteorology External U.S. government site
NSF Releases Open Government Plan External U.S. government site
ARSV Laurence M. Gould Charter Extension
NSF Launches Open Government Web Page External U.S. government site
NSF Director to Lead New Purdue Global Institute External U.S. government site
AGIC Customer Service Plan Available to View
USAP Air Post Office Will No Longer Accept Registered Mail
USAP Baggage Allowance Changes
USAP Email Address Format Changing
New Generation of Polar Researchers (NGPR) SymposiumExternal Non-U.S. government site
International Polar Year (IPY) Sea Ice DayExternal Non-U.S. government site
U.S. Opening Ceremony Celebrates the International Polar Year (IPY) External U.S. government site
New ANtarctic geological DRILLing (ANDRILL) Project Site ReleasedExternal Non-U.S. government site
The WAIS Web Site External U.S. government site
"What's cool about WAIS?" Site External U.S. government site
International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 External U.S. government site
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