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Magnetosphere Ionosphere Science Team


First-Year Deployment

December 11, 2010 - January 4, 2011

Four participants from Virginia Tech including the project PI, Dr. Bob Clauer, Research Associate, Dr. Hyomin Kim, and two graduate students, Kshitija Deshpande and Joseph Macon, were deployed to Antarctica. They installed two AAL-PIP systems (Sys3 and Sys4) at the South Pole for 1-year test. Hyomin Kim and Joseph Macon camped for 4 days at PG2 where Sys2 was installed in 2009. PG2 is located on the East Antarctic plateau 600 km away from the South Pole. This system was packed up to bring it back to the US for repairs.

Second-Year Deployment

December 13, 2011 - January 16, 2012

The second year AAL-PIP deployment team includes four participants from Virginia Tech (the project leader Dr. Bob Clauer, Dr. Hyomin Kim, Dr. Majid Manteghi, and Joseph Macon) and one from ULCA (Dr. Bob McPherron). Three AAL-PIP systems (Sys2, 5, and 6) were installed at the South Pole. Three team members, Hyomin Kim, Majid Manteghi, and Joseph Macon flew to remote site PG2 and camped there for 4 days to install the AAL-PIP system (Sys3), which had been at the South Pole over the pervious year.

Third-Year Deployment

December 11, 2012 - January 10, 2013

Four participants from Virginia Tech (Hyomin Kim, Zhonghua Xu, Chad Fish and Karthik Venkataramani) and one from ASTRA (Adam Reynolds) conducted the third year Antarctic deployment for the installation of the AAL-PIP systems. Sys3 and Sys4, which successfully survived 1 year at the South Pole, were moved to remote field sites. Two team members, Zhonghua Xu and Chad Fish, made a one-day trip to PG2 to replace the ailing Sys3 with Sys4. Sys5 was moved to a new remote field station, PG3, by three team members including Zhonghua Xu, Chad Fish, and Karthik Venkataramani, who camped there for four days.

Instrument Details

These photos show details of the equipment installation at the remote Antarctic locations.