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DataPath Awarded Leidos Contract for US Antarctic Program

By | February 20, 2019
An aerial view of the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Photo: NSF

An aerial view of the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Photo: NSF

Leidos awarded DataPath, a provider of communications solutions, a prime contract to provide software and integration support to a communications program located in the Antarctic. Leidos provides logistical support to the National Science Foundation (NSF)-managed United States Antarctic Program through the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC). Leidos administers a satellite communications ground network on behalf of this program, and the ground network includes satellite earth stations at permanent locations.

Under terms of the contract, Datapath has been designated as the software subcontractor for the Ross Island Earth Station (RIES) project. RIES is a multi-phased construction effort to establish a new Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) communications satellite earth station at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, the Antarctic Program’s logistics hub. RIES is a component of the larger McMurdo Commercial Satellite Communications Modernization program. The RIES concept incorporates a new antenna that meets or exceeds the gain of a 13-meter class antenna system.

The RIES will be installed on a small, tabular, volcanic plateau immediately adjacent to McMurdo. The installation site is located at the southwestern base of the feature designated as Crater Hill on Ross IslandAntarctica, which affords an optimum view of the GEO satellite arc to the north. The antenna will be located approximately 1,500 feet from the primary equipment room, which is located south of the antenna site. DataPath is tasked to integrate its MaxView Monitor and Control application with the RIES Equipment to provide remote control and monitoring, and logging of all system events. DataPath is also tasked with fully integrating the new RIES MaxView instance into the USAP MaxView Enterprise environment. Integration will include terminal satellite contact automation based on the DataPath MaxView Maestro automation tool.