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									DOCUMENT NO.        450-AGMT-0026


ISSUE               Baseline


                    Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Between
                    National Science Foundation and NASA for
                    Spacecraft Tracking and Data Acquisition at
DOCUMENT TITLE      McMurdo Station, Antarctica


RESPONSIBLE
OFFICE              GSFC Code 450 / Space Communications Program


EFFECTIVE DATE      09/28/1993


EXPIRATION DATE     09/28/2010




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                                NATIONAL SClENC E FOUNDATION
                                         1800 G STREET. N W.
                                       WASHINGTON. D C 20550




                                 OFFlCE OF POLAR PROGRAMS




Mr. Robert M. Hornstein
Director. GroundNetworks Division
Code OT
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, DC 20546
Dear Mr. Hornstein:

Enclosed is the Memorandum af Agreement (MOA) between NASA and NSF concerning the cooperation
between our two agencies in support of the McMurdo Receiver Ground Station. I have signed the
agreement for Dr. Sullivan, who is on his way to W u r d o to begin this year's operational season.
                                                     Sincerely.

                                                      &A&
                                                     C&OI Roberts
                                                        A.
                                                     Deputy Director


Enclosure
         MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

                BETWEEN THE

        NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION.

                  AND THE

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION


                    FOR

  SPACECRAFT TRACKING AND DATA ACQUISITION

                     AT

        MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA




               SEPTEMBER 1993
1.0     GENERAL
This memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the O f i c e of Space Communications, N~tional
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Oftice of Polar Programs. National
Science Foundation (NSF) pmvidcs for establishment of a multi-purpose ground wacking and
data acquisition capability at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. This MOA establishes the
responsibilities for funding and coordination of activities. It detines a framework under which
NASA and NSF are to implement and manage the McMurdo Receiver Ground Station(MRGS).
The MRGS will hc: opented in the U.S.national interests as permitted under the Antarctic
Treaty. This facility will make a notsble contribution to the scientitic research goals of the
nation. This facility will signiticantfy enhance research program capability for the study of Earth
and its environment. National research program activities include ice studies, ozone depletion
studies, crustal dynamics research, climate studies for global change, astrophysics, astronomy,
and other studies which may he aided by space-borne instrumentation.
Under the framework of this MOA, an integrated study of Antarctic communications
requirements and potentid impkmentation activities will be conducted. Follow-up actions will
be addressed by moditication to this MOA or by a separate MOA.

This agreement acknowledges that multiple and simultaneous missions or scientitic campaigns
may be conducted at this Facility, The requirements of each mission or campaign of any
signit'icmce shall he specitled by addenda to this MOA and an: subject to its terms and
conditions.
Both parties agree to the principle of hmad data sharing among the scientitic communitty. All
such agreements. however, will he documented separately and externally to this MOA.
For the purposes of implementing this a g r e m m t NSF refers to NSF or one of the NSF managed       (
organizations of the United States Antarctic Pmgrm(USAP). NASA refers to NASA or its
designated agent.
This MOA may he modified at any time by mutual consent of the parties.

2.0    BACKGROUND
McMurdo station is a continuously opcratcd facility located on Ross Island, Antarctica. The
station is operated as a component of the USAP. NSF is designated by Executive Order of the
President as the executive manager of the USAP and to have o v e r ~ lc o g n i m c e of all U.S.
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government activity within Anarcticn. The mission goal of NSF in Antarctica is to support basic
scientitic research. The conduct of NSF missions in Antarctica. and thus all ofticia1 U.S.
government activity, is guided by the Antarctic Treaty of 1961 as amended and extended.
The MRGS will provide a multimission capability fostering Antarctic research. The initiating
requirement is to receive synthetic apenure radar (SAR) data tYom the Radarsat spacecraft.
Radarsat is a cooperative NASA/Canadian Space Agency mission which uses SAR to map the
polar regions. Due to onhoard rape recorder limitations, NASA requires that Radarsat data he
transmitted to the ground in real-time, whert: it will he recorded and shipped or retransmitted out
of Antarctica.
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 .     AUTHORITY
This a g m m e n t is authorized by Section 203(c5) of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of
1958, as amended. and Sections 3(a), 3(b) and 1 l(c) of the National Science Foundation Act of
1950, as amended.

4.0    RESPONSIBILITIES
4.1    NASA shall use its best efforts to:

       (a)      Provide the McMurdo Receiver Ground Station (MRGS) including ilntenna.
                pedestal, ridome, electronics. and recording equipment. This equipment will
                meet the design, logistics, construction, and operational constriiints of the
                McMurdo facility and the Antarctic environment.

      (b)       Conduct a study of communications requirements within and without of
                Antarctica integrating dl NASA related activities- This study will be completed
                by December 1993 and provide recommendations to both NASA ilnd NSF
                management

       (c)      Provide MRGS equipment installation and testing, and any eventual deinstallation
                at McMurdo.

       (d)      Provide initial on-site operations and maintenance for the tirst year of MRGS
                operations.

       (e)     Assist NSF in the development of an in-house operations and maintenance plan
             , such that NSF assumes on-site operations and maintenance responsibilities at the
               end of the first year of MRGS operations.

       (f)     Provide training for NSF operations and maintenance personnel, as required.

       (g)     Provide technical documentation, s i e p m and depot level equipment repair for
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               MRGS equipment.
       (h)     Provide and maintain MRGS configuration controI. including management of
               enhancements and implcmentiition for additional mission requirements.

       (i)     Provide, in conjunction with NSF. international radio-frequency spectrum
               coordination needed for NASA space-ground and ground-space comrnunic;ltion
               links pertaining to this activity.

       )       Provide integrated scheduling for the MRGS.
4.2    NSF shall use its best efforts to:
       (a)     Provide design services for the f~cilityfoundations, support structures,
               boresight antenna. and ancillary remote control room.

       (b)     Provide materials for and construct the MRGS foundation and
               the support building.
        (c)     Provide transportation via sea-going cargo ship for foundation and construction
                materials. MRGS equipment and supplies from Pon Huenerne. California. to
                McMurdo Station. NSF will provide air transport. as needed, from Christohurch.
                New Zealand, to McMurJo Station. Terms and conditions for air transport will be
                negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

        (d)     Provide construction equipment and labor necessary to assist NASA with the
                installation and a n y eventual deinstallation of the MRGS on the selected site.

        (e)     Assist NASA with MRGS design particularly with regard to canstmints
                (physical and environmental) of operating at McMurdo Station.

        (f)     Provide all essential services and utilities to support the MRGS.

        (g)     Operate and maintain the MRGS k g i n n i n ~ the cancIusion of the tirst year
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                of MRGS operations.      .


        (h)    Operate and maintain the enclosing and suppnning facilities related to the      MRGS.
        (i)    Provide telecommunications services necessary for the operation and maintenance
               of the MRGS. These services are to include voice and electronic mail links
               between McMurdo and NASA designated sites.

        (j)    Provide a11 local rildio frequency spectrum management for emission,
               electromagnetic compatibility, and interference control in accordance with USAP
               and relevant international policies. regulations. conventions. and practices.

       (k)     Pmvide requisite logistical support incIuding the transportation. Iodging. and
               subsistence of personnel and the transportation and storage of equipment while in
               Antarctics For personnel, transportation will be provided between Christchurch,
               New Zealand, and Antarctica. For equipment and materials, tmnsportatian will be
               provided between an agreed upon continental U.S. point of embarkation md
               Antarctica.

       (1)      Maintain configuration responsibility for McMurdo facilities exclusive of the
                MRGS.
        (m)    Provide the necessary assistance, documentation, and approvats to mket
               current and firturt: regutations on the protection of the Antarctic: environment.

       (n)     Assist NASA in studying Antarctic communicstians requirements and potential
               implementation activities.

5.0    MANAGEMENT
5.1    MANAGEMENT PLAN
NASA and NSF agree that the MRGS should he operational at the time of Radarsat launch
which is currently scheduled for the tirst quarter of calendar year 1995. The agencies will use
their best efforts to meet this schedule. Specitic cechnic~land opentianal plans and s ~ h e d u l c s
will be determineti joinrly by NASA and NSF and documented in a Management Plan.
5.2     MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT COUNCIL

This agreement acknowledges that the MRGS represents a m;?ior national asset whose rote and
mission requirements will evoIve over time. To ensure effective utilization. 3 formal
management structure is required. particularly in the areas of contlguration control, incorporation
of new mission requirements. resource allocation, contlict resolution. and enhancements. A
Management Oversight Council (MOC)will he estahlished to provide guidance and coordination
of this contiming activity. A charter for thc MOC will hc dzvcloped jointly by NASA and NSF
and included in the Management Plan. The scope of MOC responsibilities will include the
incorporation of new mission requirements for the MRGS. The council will be chaired jointly by
the Director of tht: Gmund Networks Division for NASA and hy the Director of the Office of
Polar Pmgrams for NSF. Either party may change its appointed chair by providing 30 days
written notice to the other party. Members will be identitied in the management plan by position
title and department aftiliation.

6.0     TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP
A Technical Working Group (TWG) shall he estahlished to ensure that MRGS and McMurdo
configuration changes art: compatible and coordinated, assist with sustaining engineering and in
resolving operational issues. and to provide a mechanism for enhancement and moditication as
MRGS requirements evolve. NASA shall appoint the TWG chairman, and other appropriate
NASA participants, to he identified by position title. NSF shall designate its participants in a
like fashion. The TWG charter and specitic responsibilities will be included in the Management
Plan-

7.0     MISSION REQUIREMENTS
New missions may he added with the appmml of NASA and NSF. Approved requirements for
significant MRGS services shall k idcntitied and documented by addenda to this MOA.
Modifications needed to meet the requirements of a new mission shall be identified in the
addenda and coordinated through the TWG. Resources required to implement and support
operations of the MRGS for the new mission shall be negotiated on a case-hy-case basis
The agency responsible for the new mission shall submit n request for services to NASA's Office
of Space Communication. NASA will consult with NSF and determine a course of action within
the MOC framework,
From time to time, NASA may require the use of the MRGS to provide services for short
duration events such as launches of polar orbiting spacecraft or spacecraft emergencies. In such
events, NASA will consult with NSF regarding the planned activity and determine the need for
an MOA addenda.

8.0     FUNDING
Funding to implement their respective portions of this agreement shall be the responsibility of
NASA and NSF. Funding required for moditication to accomodate a new mission shall be
addressed on a case-by-case basis. The pat-ties acknowIed_cethat their ability to carryout their
respective responsibilities is suh.ject to their respective funding procedures and the availability of
appropriated funds.
9.0     ACCOUNTABILITY FOR GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
All equipment which is permanently installed at the McMurdo f~cility plus any equipment
acquired by the NSF to develop. install. and maintain the MRGS shall he retained by h e NSF as
accountable Government property.

All other equipment provided by NASA to the McMurdo facility project shall he returned tci
NASA upon termination of this agreement. or retained. suhject to negotiation. The antenna,
radorne. pedestal. electronics. and recording equipment shall not be considered permanently
installed.

10.0    PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
All public announcements resulting from this agreement shall be agreed to hy hoth parties prior
to release. All ianouncements shall include tht: acknowledgement of the NASA and NSF support
of the project.

110    CONTINGENCIES AND TERMINATION
If events beyond the control of either party to this Memorandum of Agreement negate the
purpose of this agreement, including but not limited to failure of one or more primary missions
using the MRGS (e.g.. a spacecraft failure), technical problems, and reductions in obligation
authority, either p m y shall attempt ta provide a minimum of ninety days advance written notice
to the other party of the effective date of such termination. In the event of an early termination. it
is the parties intent to maximize the utility of the accrued investment toward providing a viable
instrument for scientific r-rch,

12.0   EFFECTNE DATE
This agreement is effective when signed and dated by hoth parties.




Robert M. Hornstein                                   Cornelius W. Sullivan
Director                                         I     irector
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Ground Networks Division                              Ot'tict: of Polar Programs
Nationd Aeronautics and                               National Science Foundation
Space Administration


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                                            ADDENDUM A
                                             RADARS AT



RadarSat is a cooperative NASAfCanadian Space Agency mission which will use Synthetic
Aperture Radar (SAR) in mapping the polar regions. Due to onboard tape recorder limitations.
NASA requires RadarSat data to be transmitted to the ground in real-time. where it will hc:
recorded and shipped or retransmitted out of Antarctica.
11- SPONSORING AGENCYIPROJECT CENTER:

NASA


Director, Ground Networks Division. NASA Office of Space Communications
IV - LAUNCHISTART DATE;
January 1995
V - NOMINAL MTSSTON DURATION;
Five (5) years
                                                                    To Be Determined
VIT - MISSION RESPONSTBTLITIFS;
Canadian Space Agency -        spacecraft, spacecraft oper~tions
NASA -                         launch. 'SAR data processing. scheduling and execution of the data
                               acquisition from McMurdo and AIaskn. Interface with Canadian
                               Space Agency
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VTI? MRGS RESPON~BTI.ITTES
A. NASA shall use its best efforts to:

         (a)     Provide spacecraft ephemerides, mission planning, and scheduling.

         (b)     Provide NSF access to processed SAR images via the Alaska SAR
                 Facility image archive.

         (c)     Provide limited near-real time processed SAR images to NSF operations
                 personnel located at McMurdo for the purposes of data quality control. The use
                 and details for pmviding SAR data for McMurdo site operations will be as
                 mutually arranged between NASA and NSF.
         (d)     Provide recording media.
8. NSF shall use its best efforts to:
       (a)      Provide transportation for the return of recorded dau to mucunlly a p e d upon
       sites.

       (b)      Provide tclecornmunicution services for the real-time or near real-time
                transmission of selected data between McMurdo to mutually agreed upon sites.
   -   OUTRED MRGS CAPAB.ILTTY ENHANCEMENTS:

None identified beyond the baseline MRGS configur~tion.


NASA and NSF shall hr responsible for funding to implement their respective portions of this
agreement.




Robert M. Hornstein                                  Cornelius W.Sullivan
Director                                             Director
Ground Networks Division                             Oftice of Polar Programs
National Aeronautics and                             National Science Foundation
Space Administration



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