2022-2023 Science Planning Summary
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2022-2023 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)

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T-961-M Research Location(s): McMurdo Station


Event Number:
NSF / NASA Agreement

Program Manager:
Mr. Pat Smith

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Carrie Piesen

Principal Investigator(s)

Mr. William Gregory Munley Jr.


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: McMurdo Station


The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground Station (CGS) at McMurdo is a combination of satellite reception and communications projects that provide an unheralded capability on/from the Antarctic continent. The JPSS CGS assets in Antarctica consist of the McMurdo Multi-Mission Communications System (MMCS) and three JPSS 4-meter Ka/S-band receptors.

Field Season Overview

The JPSS Program will deploy 10 participants to McMurdo Station to troubleshoot existing issues, and to repair and maintain the three receptors on the T-site and FINES site. They will install new processing equipment and perform maintenance on the electron equipment in the Joint Space Operations Center. In addition, the team will make changes and preparations for upgraded SatCom Services. The work planned is critical to the continued operation of the JPSS and supported stakeholder missions.

Deploying Team Members

  • Alexander Albadree
  • Edgar Brandt
  • Carlos Carrillo
  • Matthew DeCicco
  • Ryan Detter
  • Heather Kilcoyne
  • Johnathan Mullins
  • William Munley Jr. (PI)
  • Alex Numa
  • David Thomas
  • Timothy Walsh
  • Joseph Yackee