South Pole Satellites
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Special Service Announcements

August 20, 2014
NASA is in the process of transferring users from TDRS F5 to other available satellites, in preparation for the storage of F5 until future needs dictate its reinstatement. South Pole is currently scheduled to transfer to TDRS F6 at the end of November. Impact to science operations is expected to be minimal. Additional information and updates will be provided as they become available.


March 27, 2014
The South Pole weekly satellite schedule now includes pass data for the NATO IVB satellite.

March 10, 2014
A number of new Space Network users will be competing with SPTR for time on TDRS F5 and F6 for approximately the next 3 months. This may result in lower aggregate pass times. Pass time within the SPTR viewing window is continuously monitored and time will be added as it becomes available, up to a daily limit of 4 hours.

March 1, 2013
Effective March 11, 2013, F6 will replace F3 as TDRS-Spare. SPTR availability should not be affected by this change.

March 22, 2012
According to a Network Advisory Message issued today (NAM 0001555), northbound K-band services will no longer be available on TDRS F3-SA1 effective April 9, 2012. This will restrict SPTR usage of F3 to antenna SA2 and may reduce overall time available.

March 5, 2012
Effective January 23 2012, TDRS F6 is no longer available for use by the Space Network. SPTR will continue to utilize TDRS F5 as a primary resource and TDRS F3 as a backup resource to clear science data backlogs.

October 1, 2009
NASA TDRS F1 Satellite ends service supporting communication with South Pole Station:
USAP Customer Services Advisory Link to PDF file

October 24, 2008
Intelsat had to make an unexpected decommissioning and disposal of the MARISAT-F2 satellite. The last date of service for South Pole Station was October 28, 2008.
MARISAT-F2 Decommissioning Notice

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