The present...otherwise known as the McMurdo USAP webcam
The future...the first version of the station master plan, issued 1 April 2013, since revised (read on...)
Master Plan Updates
April 2016-February 2017: The first actual project was developed in implementation of the master plan...phase 1 of an addition and renovation of the SSC, to be known as the IT&C Primary Operations Facility. After meetings with the stakeholders, a preliminary request for procurement was issued in November 2016 seeking input from prospective design-build contractors. After a meeting with prospective bidders was held in February 2017, the procurement process is continuing (details)
December 2014-December 2015: The McMurdo master plan was significantly revised to version 2.0 by the ASC/Lockheed Martin folks...and they updated it again to version 2.1 in December 2015. The current and much more detailed version further consolidates the station facilities...and the plan documents significant improvements to the traffic flow, power/energy infrastructure, and...well, check it out!
April 2013: The first version of the McMurdo master plan was issued, as part of NSF's response to the 2012 Blue Ribbon Panel report, which outlined recommendations to improve the US Antarctic Program operations. The first such panel report, issued in 1997, spearheaded the construction of the new elevated station at Pole. Hence, the more recent panel report concentrated on McMurdo and Palmer Stations. Here is the first master plan, with details and links to that Augustine panel report and the NSF response.
Okay...so I've had this website for awhile, but only now started to update things. What else might be coming? The timeline for McMurdo is intertwined with the Pole timeline, so that won't be changing. But...I do have a few winterover photos and lists which hopefully are coming soon (stay tuned I'll be looking for more).
In the meantime...a few things that ARE here:
And of course I must note that the amazing background image above was scanned from the Operation Deep Freeze I (1955-56) U.S. Navy cruisebook. Here is a much larger version (2.1MB).
|updated 5 March 2017|