"The airdrop included fresh food, medical supplies and mail for the 17 expeditioners who have spent the past six months wintering at the station," Australian Antarctic Division official Matt Filipowski said.
"It's hoped, in the future, this capability will allow us to pre-position equipment and supplies for station and science projects before the shipping season starts, so it's all ready to go when the first summer expeditioners arrive," he added.
Some 15 pallets weighing 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds) were dropped in the trial run, with plans to use the method to keep Australia's three Antarctic stations well-stocked throughout the year.
"Conditions on the ground were ideal for the airdrop; it was overcast, minus 18 degrees and light winds," Davis station leader Kirsten le Mar said.
Several countries have territorial claims on Antarctica -- viewed as a potential future source of huge mineral resources -- although under a 1949 agreement the frozen continent is designated a scientific preserve.
About 30 nations operate permanent research stations on the continent.
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