Update on Antarctic Communications Improvements

New Improvements to the Telecommunication Infrastructure at Antarctic Stations

Improving the communications infrastructure for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) continues to be a priority for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP).

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AIMS Construction Project Resumes at McMurdo Station

The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) construction project returns full activity following COVID-19 Delay

NSF has recently re-baselined the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project, now comprised of 2 facilities, enabling construction to proceed at McMurdo Station beginning this season.

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Ross Island Earth Station Construction Complete

New Satellite Telecommunications Terminal is Now Servicing McMurdo Station

The U.S. Antarctic Program recently completed construction of Ross Island Earth Station (RIES), a significant milestone in modernizing McMurdo Station's telecommunications infrastructure. RIES has replaced Black Island Earth Station as McMurdo's primary satellite communications terminal.

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