2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Station and Vessel Schedules

The United States Antarctic Program operates three permanent research stations on the continent and two research vessels.


Opening Dates

  Austral Summer Openings Austral Winter Openings
Operational Science
McMurdo (Winfly*) 22 Aug 2017
23 Aug 2017
24 Feb 2018
McMurdo (Mainbody) 3 Oct 2017
4 Oct 2017
South Pole 1 Nov 2017 1 Nov 2017 15 Feb 2018
Palmer 6 Oct 2017 5 Apr 2018 N/A
Research Vessels Vessels Operate Year-Round
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*A limited number of science projects deploy at Winfly

Estimated Population

Summer Winter
McMurdo 850 (weekly average)
2,300 (total)
180
(winter total)
South Pole 150 (weekly average)
450 (total)
50
(winter total)
Palmer 36-44 (weekly average)
196 (total)
RV/IB* NBP 39 science and staff / 25 crew
ARSV** LMG Capacity per cruise: 28 science & staff/25 crew
Capacity per transit to/from Palmer Station: 37 science and staff with two berthing vans.
*RV/IB, Research Vessel/Icebreaker
**ARSV, Antarctic Research Support Vessel