Michael ASHLEY has been working on astronomy from Antarctica since the early 1990s. He has published more than 105 peer-reviewed papers, and over 35 SPIE papers on various aspects of astronomy, instrumentation, and site-testing in Antarctica. He has been actively involved in international collaborations, most recently with Chinese and US astronomers, to operate astronomical telescopes from the Antarctica plateau. His is leading the PLATO project to provide power, internet connectivity and computer control to astronomical observatories on the plateau. PLATO modules have operated successfully for many years at Dome A, Ridge A, and Dome Fuji. Earlier versions have run at Dome C and the South Pole.