SRC in Antarctica
Antarctica - The Frozen continent. It's the highest, driest, coldest desert in the world. The only way in or out is by boat or plane. By boat it requires an icebreaker to clear a channel from 8 to 50 miles. It takes the icebreaker over a month to clear it for the two re-supply ships one of which is loaded with fuel.
Science and research are the main reasons why any agency operates in the Antarctic. The centerpiece of this scientific effort is the aviation asset that provides transporation for personnel, equipment, supplies, and fuel; first to the continent, and secondly to various camps on the continent where this valuable research is conducted. The services that are provided by the SRC ICE team afford these aircraft the opportunity to safely complete their missions.
Since 1997, SRC has supported the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston Office of Polar Programs and Polar Operations and the National Science Foundation with Air Traffic Control, Ground Electronic Maintenance, and Meteorological services in Antarctica. Each year SRC sends over 50 employees to the remote and frozen continent, McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Our highly qualified and talented personnel are down on the ICE for extended period of time and under austere conditions. Most of the SRC ICE Team are there for five months, and others remain for seven months to one year. During February 2007, SRC began its tenth Winter-over season for Antarctica.