Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 3, 211–227, 2014
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 3, 211–227, 2014

Research article 10 Oct 2014

Research article | 10 Oct 2014

An autonomous adaptive low-power instrument platform (AAL-PIP) for remote high-latitude geospace data collection

C. R. Clauer1,5, H. Kim1,5, K. Deshpande1,5, Z. Xu1,5, D. Weimer1,5, S. Musko2, G. Crowley3, C. Fish4, R. Nealy5, T. E. Humphreys6, J. A. Bhatti6, and A. J. Ridley2 C. R. Clauer et al.
  • 1Center for Space Science Engineering and Research, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • 2Space Physics Research Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 3Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 4Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA
  • 5Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • 6Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

Abstract. We present the development considerations and design for ground-based instrumentation that is being deployed on the East Antarctic Plateau along a 40° magnetic meridian chain to investigate interhemispheric magnetically conjugate geomagnetic coupling and other space-weather-related phenomena. The stations are magnetically conjugate to geomagnetic stations along the west coast of Greenland. The autonomous adaptive low-power instrument platforms being deployed in the Antarctic are designed to operate unattended in remote locations for at least 5 years. They utilize solar power and AGM storage batteries for power, two-way Iridium satellite communication for data acquisition and program/operation modification, support fluxgate and induction magnetometers as well as a dual-frequency GPS receiver and a high-frequency (HF) radio experiment. Size and weight considerations are considered to enable deployment by a small team using small aircraft. Considerable experience has been gained in the development and deployment of remote polar instrumentation that is reflected in the present generation of instrumentation discussed here. We conclude with the lessons learned from our experience in the design, deployment and operation of remote polar instrumentation.