Fwd: Urgent Notification to the MBONE Group

Rick Stevens stevens at mcs.anl.gov
Wed Jun 30 08:07:37 CDT 1999

Mark, Bob, can you guys help out here.. perhaps by
sending in the specs for the AG nodes, flat panels,
cameras etc.. remember they have a very short fuse
to get this stuff loaded on the plane etc.

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>Subject: Fwd: Urgent Notification to the MBONE Group
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>Chris, Rick, Hank,
>Here's a message I got yesterday - you can see the actions that are
>happening.  I'm going to send Chris' message to this group, since I think
>it could be very useful.  
>If there are any volunteers  to coordinate any of this, please jump in.  I
>don't know all the players, but I see several familiar  email faces.  
>  >From: "Smith, Patrick D" <pdsmith at nsf.gov>
>>To: "Agarwal, Deb" <DAAgarwal at lbl.gov>, "Berger, Peter" <peterb at psc.edu>,
>>        "Beverstock, Dave" <dbeverst at nsf.gov>, "Blain, Ed" <blained at asa.org>,
>>        "Bradford Torain (E-mail)" <Bradford.Torain at gsfc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Christopher Rhone (E-mail)" <rhonech at asa.org>,
>>        "Coffin, Tom"
>>	<tcoffin at ncsa.uiuc.edu>,
>>        "Conrey, Keith" <conreyke at asa.org>,
>>        "David Israel (E-mail)" <dave.israel at gsfc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Douglas, Scott C."
>>	<Scott.C.Douglas.1 at gsfc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Frank Stocklin (E-mail)"
>>	<Frank.Stocklin at gsfc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Gehlbach, Jeff"
>>	<Jeff.Gehlbach at csoconline.com>,
>>        "Geronimo, Tom"
>>	<tom.geronimo at msfc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Hatley, Kathy"
>>	<Kathy.Hatley at msfc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Kaczmarski, Hank" <hankk at ncsa.uiuc.edu>,
>>        "LaMaster, Hugh" <lamaster at george.arc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Loken, Stewart C."
>>	<SCLoken at lbl.gov>,
>>        "Lowder, Doug" <lowder at area51.berkeley.edu>,
>>        "McParland, Chuck" <mcparland at lbl.gov>,
>>        "Montgomery, Roderick"
>>	<roderick.montgomery at csoconline.com>,
>>        "Richeson, Anne"
>>	<aricheso at nsf.gov>,
>>        "Scott, Dan" <dan.scott at msfc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Smith, Patrick" <pdsmith at nsf.gov>,
>>        "Stone, Thom"
>>	<stone at george.arc.nasa.gov>,
>>        "Toole, John" <toole at ncsa.uiuc.edu>,
>>        "Whisenant, Michael" <michael.whisenant at csoconline.com>
>>Cc: "Mahar, Harry " <hmahar at nsf.gov>,
>>        "Bresnahan, David M"
>>	<dbresnah at nsf.gov>, "Erb, Karl " <kerb at nsf.gov>,
>>        "Fisher, Dwight D"
>>	<ddfisher at nsf.gov>,
>>        "Smith, Ronald J" <rjsmith at nsf.gov>
>>Subject: Urgent Notification to the MBONE Group
>>Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 14:56:42 -0400
>>Importance: high
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>>Medical consultants have advised NSF to execute an airdrop of supplies
>>to South Pole Station as the recommended means to manage the medical
>>NSF is immediately implementing planning for an air drop of necessary
>>supplies via a USAF C-141 STARLIFTER to be sourced from McChord AFB.
>>Planning will proceed expeditiously - liftoff is has not been definatively
>>set, but
>>could occur as early as 2 July (Friday this week).
>>The Medical consultants have advised that video teleconferencing is
>>an important facet of on-going treatment to support patient-doctor
>>and monitoring of the treatment phase.  On-going teleconsults will be
>>to the physician of record who is located at Indiana University.  VTC and
>>neworking access at Indiana Univ. is presently unknown, but the assumption
>>is that this can be worked independently of establishing VTC at South Pole
>>We have a very limited opportunity to inject any hardware/software via the
>>airdrop to facilitate future VTC's irrespective of what we accomplish in the
>>term based on our conversations to date.  
>>I ask the group to quickly converge on a
>>list of recommended hardware/software and peripherials that would be used to
>>faciliate high quality Internet based video teleconferencing.  This can
>>the computer itself, camera, video/audio cards, patch cables, microphones,
>>headsets, speakers, software, etc.  This will be dropped from an aircraft
>>flying around 1000 ft, so no CRT computer monitors would be involved.  Any
>>special considerations for partial disassebly for packing to survive the
>>would need to be noted, which might affect recommendations on specific
>>I also ask a volunteer from the group to step up and serve as the technical
>>on coordinating the definition of the list.
>>The consolidated list will be orchestrated via the NSF prime support
>>Antarctic Support Associates.  ASA will be the central procurement agent for
>>all hardware/software that has to be purchased.  Ready availability (ie,
>>outlet and/or overnight mail express mail order) is a paramount
>>The Director of ASA Information Systems has been briefed on this situation,
>>he will be standing by for the receipt of the list.
>>Once a firm date for aircraft lift-off is set, this will be forwarded to the
>>group. In
>>the interim, plan as if it would be 2 July.
>>Pat Smith
>>Patrick D. Smith
>>    Manager, Technology Development, Polar Research Support
>>National Science Foundation
>>Office of Polar Programs
>>4201 Wilson Blvd. Room 755
>>Arlington, VA   22230
>>Tel:  +01 703 306 1032, Ext. 7341        Fax:  +01 703 306 0139
>>Internet:  pdsmith at nsf.gov                   WWW:

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