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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Ross Island Earth Station

Construction of Telecommunications Hub to Occur in 2021-22 Season

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving forward with plans to complete the construction of the Ross Island Earth Station (RIES) during the 2021-2022 austral summer season. RIES will replace the existing Black Island Earth Station, McMurdo Station's primary telecommunications hub.

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Updated Plans for McMurdo Station Modernization

Safety of Work Crews and Support Staff is Key

Planned construction projects at McMurdo Station will be temporarily put on hiatus in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. To ensure the safety of the work crews and support staff in Antarctica, the National Science Foundation has decided that there will be no AIMS-related construction in McMurdo during the 2020-2021 season.

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