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Casey Station, Antarctica

Map Conversion

The Challenge

Australian Antarctic Division is performing deep-field science missions into remote parts of the continent to help us understand the Earth’s climate. These projects often experience difficult snow conditions and bad weather, including blizzards and temperatures of -50 °C.

The Research team at Casey Station required spare parts critical to the repair of their runway grooming equipment. These parts could only be delivered via RAAF airdrop.

To execute the mission, RAAF’s 36 SQN needed maps to be converted to a specific format in a short amount of time.

What We Did

Imagery of the Wilkins aerodrome near Casey Station was

received by Sigma Bravo’s Geospatial Specialists. Our team converted the imagery to a format which could be used for mission planning and execution over Antarctica. The maps were provided to 36 SQN within 24 hours.



RAAF executed a successful airdrop of much-needed parts to Casey Station in Antarctica. The ground crew picked up the vital cargo, intact. 

This allowed the team to prepare the runway and allow the

charter aircraft to arrive and relieve staff who were due to go home.

Please pass on my thanks again to the team that worked the maps. Really appreciate all the help you guys are providing. Going above and beyond!

36 SQN C717 Flight Lieutenant

RAAF Base Amberley

It’s rewarding to see how our work directly helps Defence Operations.


Lead Geospatial Data Manager, Sigma Bravo