2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

NASA / McMurdo Ground Station (MG1)


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T-927-M Research Location(s): Station operates year around.

Summary

Event Number:
T-927-M
NSF / NASA Agreement

Program Manager:
Mr. Pat Smith

ASC POC/Implementer:
Sheryl Seagraves / Bill Jirsa


Principal Investigator(s)

Mr. Joseph S Obrien
joseph.s.obrien@nasa.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center, Electrical Engineering Division
Wallops Island, Virginia

Project Web Site:
http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/scan/services/networks/nen


Location

Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Station operates year around.


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

The MG1 activity is a year-round effort for which two NASA technicians are deployed to McMurdo Station to operate and maintain the systems. During the austral summer, additional personnel deploy to support special projects, perform systems and infrastructure checks, and conduct crew turnovers. Missions planned for MG1 for the 2018-19 field season include: 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.


Deploying Team Members

  • Mark Burns
  • Rex Cotten
  • Jennifer Cox
  • Raymond Funk
  • Kenneth Griffin
  • William Kambarn
  • David Larsen
  • Joseph Obrien (PI)
  • Scott Schaire
  • Nickolas Sinkola (Co-PI)
  • Edward Wendell