2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 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 2018 23 Aug 2018 24 Feb 2019
McMurdo (Mainbody) 1 Oct 2018 14 Oct 2018
South Pole 1 Nov 2018 6 Nov 2018 15 Feb 2019
Palmer N/A 6 Oct 2018 5 Apr 2019
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)
(winter total)
South Pole 150 (weekly average)
450 (total)
(winter total)
Palmer 36-44 (weekly average)
196 (total)
RV/IB* NBP 39 science and staff
ARSV** LMG Capacity per cruise: 27 science and staff
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