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CC: Roxanne Streeter
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 02:10:46 +1300
>I'm doing some work with Randy Bush on a National Science Foundation
>project to verify/update information we've received about country
>I understand that you're involved with the Scott Base link to Antarctica.
>I'm wondering if you have any updates on that link and/or any others to
>Antarctica. I apologize if you're not the right person to contact - please
>let me know.
Some while ago I was asked to set up an AQ domain so as to allow the
creation of scott.aq for the New Zealand research station at Scott Base,
Ross Island. For a while the then DSIR (NZ Department of Scientific and
Industrial Research) operated a satellite circuit from the NZ Antarctic
Programme (based at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch)
to Scott base via the NZ Telecom earth station at Arrival Heights (Ross
Island). If I recall correctly this was just 9K6. In June 1992 the
DSIR was restructured into a number of "Crown Research Institues" and
in the process the NZ Antarctic Programme was rehomed under the Ministry
of External Relations and Trade [!], and a while later funding for
the satellite link came to an end. Various efforts were made by the NZ
research community to preserve the connection, but my current understanding
is that the link has not been restarted - I'll check and see if I can find
the best contact in regard to links to Scott.
Meanwhile the US base at McMurdo was linked to The Internet via
a satellite circuit to the earth station on Black Island (with a
microwave link back to Ross Island) - this is now at least 768kbps
and they have done interesting stuff like video and remote control
links to an undersea remote vehicle; Roxanne Streeter
set up the initial project for NASA and
I believe she is running another this Summer for the NSF.