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Preparing for departure

November 17, 2009
AMIGOS station on NSIDC Roof

Rob Bauer (left) and Terry Haran (right) show off the main control system and tower.

Ted Scambos writes:

We are currently testing a prototype of the weather and GPS system (AMIGOS), designed by Ronald Ross of Australia, that we will deploy on six glacier sites in Antarctica this winter. The first AMIGOS system is now up and running on the roof of the NSIDC building. We are using the system to test software and sensors before we re-pack the main controlling computer, instrument hub, and satellite data phone uplink. Two 40-watt solar panels and three large batteries power the system and data uplink. An instrument boom contains an all-in-one weather station, a sun and snow brightness sensor, and (for one station) a snow-depth sounder that measures snowfall. Higher up on the tower is the camera system and the satellite data uplink antenna, which will transmit data back to us. A precision GPS system sits at the very top of the station, capable of determining the movement of the ice to within centimeters, up to six times per day.

To learn more about the trip, see About the Expedition.

Ted explains AMIGOS to NSIDC Staff

Ted Scambos explains the AMIGOS sensors and data system to NSIDC staff.

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