National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Above McMurdo Station
NASA's McMurdo Ground Station (MG1) is a 10-meter antenna housed in a white radome visible on the hill above McMurdo Station. It is used primarily for data recovery from polar-orbiting science satellites. Missions planned for MG1 for FY19: Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC), Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2), Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), Hinode Solar Mission, and Landsat-7. MG1 also provides launch and early operations phase (LEOP) support for launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base involving satellite missions that require downrange telemetry support; telemetry and command for satellite housekeeping, and recovery from satellite operational emergencies; and, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite and Data Information Service, data recovery for the EUMETSAT MetOp polar weather satellite constellation. MG1 has a McMurdo Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) Relay System (MTRS) system for high-speed data transfers.
Field Season Overview:
Each year, two NASA technicians deploy to McMurdo for the winter and additional personnel deploy for the austral summer to support special projects, launch supports and crew turnover intervals. This year the field team will begin the MG1 radome refurbishment and MTRS upgrade.
Deploying Team Members:
Nickolas Sinkola (Co-PI)