Arctic & Antarctic Research Center, California Space Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Data Center Description
The Arctic and Antarctic Research Center (AARC) maintains an
archive of more than 175,000 satellite passes of the Earth's
polar regions. At present, this database is over 16 Terabytes in
size. The AARC also provides data processing services to a wide
variety of polar researchers. The AARC supplies data to the
National Snow and Ice Data Center in collaboration with the
National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs.

Our data is continuously tracked and recorded by antennas at
McMurdo Station and Palmer Station in Antarctica and by the
U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers Polar Sea and Polar Star, while
operating at high latitudes. This year, the USCGC Healy finished
testing and has begun tracking and recording satellite data.

The AARC uses the SeaSpace (Inc.) TeraScan software and computer
hardware from Sun Microsystems. The satellite tracking systems
at Palmer and McMurdo Stations are TeraScan systems. TeraScan is
also used by the Japanese, German, and Italian Antarctic


[Summary provided by the AARC.]