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McMurdo Ground Station. K. Jezek and F. Carsey. SIR-B Reflight. Formal plans for SAR studies of Antarctica begin with SIR-B reflight (Kathy Sullivan to be the P.S.) Meeting at JPL in October 1985 to develop proposal Ice margin Ice surface details Tectonic boundaries

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Mcmurdo ground station

McMurdo Ground Station

K. Jezek and F. Carsey


Sir b reflight
SIR-B Reflight

  • Formal plans for SAR studies of Antarctica begin with SIR-B reflight (Kathy Sullivan to be the P.S.)

  • Meeting at JPL in October 1985 to develop proposal

    • Ice margin

    • Ice surface details

    • Tectonic boundaries

    • Whillans corner reflectors (still awaiting L-band radar!)

Sept. 85 Carsey and Holt


Early planning
Early Planning

  • Loss of shuttle and elimination of Vandenburg for shuttle launches puts plans on hold, at least until ERS activities begin to mature

  • Based on plans for ASF, SAR community begins planning for a McMurdo Facility

  • Early planning aimed primarily at RADARSAT (MOU with CSA for mappings ) and ERS

  • July 1990, meeting at JPL to brief NSF logistics on tentative MGS concept (Hosted by C. Elachi)

  • October 1990, NSF status review of concept for initiatives to receive SAR TOMS data at McMurdo (convened by Pat Smith)


Mgs science working team
MGS Science Working Team

  • November 1990, JPL SWT Meeting – Carsey/Jezek




Msf swt
MSF SWT

  • December 11, 1990, Bob Thomas arranges for briefing at NASA HQ

  • January, 1991, Briefing to Peter Wilkness at NSF

  • February 1991, W. Weeks checks out the station mask


Proposed schedule from my notes
Proposed Schedule (from my notes)

  • Decision to Proceed February, 1991

  • Procurement April 91 – Aug 93

  • Ship to McM Sept. 93

  • Install Oct 93 – Feb 94

  • Test Feb 94 – Oct 94

  • Ready January 95

    Turned Out Pretty close!


Some mgs campaign milestones
Some MGS Campaign Milestones

  • Austral summer 96-97 – F.C. and K.J. visit. ERIM active transponders installed at McM and South Pole Station.

  • Sept. to Oct 97 – AMM-1

  • Sept – November 2000 – MAMM

  • Sept – November 2004 – Mini MAMM


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