2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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NASA / McMurdo Ground Station (MG1)

Program Manager:
Mr. Pat Smith


ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Joe Harrigan

Mr. Bruce Thoman (Principal Investigator)
Project LinkExternal U.S. Government Site

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Above McMurdo Station

Project Description:
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:

  • Mark Burns
  • Susan Chang
  • James Hendrickson
  • William Kambarn
  • Nickolas Sinkola (Co-PI)
  • Edward Wendell

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