Flight planning: the yellow line is CryoSat's track, the red line is aircraft towing the EM-Bird and the black track is the aircraft carrying the ASIRAS instrument. (A.Casey-U.Alberta)

Cryovex: a team effort from space to ground

Cryovex campaigns are carried out every 1–2 years and involve a lot of preparation and coordination between different operations teams – from Mission Control to Ground Control – to ensure that the people out on the ice...

Ilyushin (new) meets DC3 (old) at Station Nord. (Mark Drinkwater–ESA)

Cryovex: Granddad meets the incredible hulk

Today’s resupply flight from Thule to Station Nord brought a bizarre contrast between vintage and modern airplanes to our remote Greenlandic station. It brought into sharp view the evolution over the last 60 years. The granddaddy of...

CryoVEx main ice camp. (Courtesy Mark Drinkwater, ESA)

Cryovex: Mowing the lawn in the Arctic

Today – Saturday 29 March had been seen as the most challenging day. We had prayed to the polar weather gods to bless us with good conditions for a survey of the sea ice in the region...

Great day flying over Arctic sea ice for the SMOS-ice campaign. (Stefan Hendricks, AWI)

SMOS ice: campaign concludes

Unfortunately, the weather conditions have not improved. Strong winds and expected turbulence have prevented us from flying today, although it isn't actually snowing at the moment.     So, this is the end of the SMOSice2014 campaign and...

Up, up and away. (Stefan Hendricks, AWI)

SMOS ice: not your average day in the office

After being grounded on Tuesday because of heavy snow, we woke up on Wednesday to clear blue skies, freshly snow-covered mountains and a bitter cold wind. Immediately, we started preparing to fly simultaneously with the helicopter and...

NASA's airborne science flight tracker, see: //airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/

Cryovex: Track Arctic flights live!

The NASA P-3 and ESA-Basler-67 flying in tandem over the Arctic ocean can be tracked live with NASA’s flight tracker….. Note: this is a live tracker, so the tracks are only visible when the aircraft are actually...

Eureka International. (courtesy Mark Drinkwater–ESA)

CryoVex: Eureka, an Arctic lunar landscape

Ouch – a 05:00 start to the day. Packing calories with our Arctic explorers breakfast (eggs over easy, sizzling bacon, sausages and hash browns) was the last critical item on the agenda before an early departure from...

ESA's Tania Casal and Polar-5 snowbound in Svalbard. (Stefan Hendricks, AWI)

SMOS ice: Grounded in Svalbard

Owing to heavy snow we had to cancel yesterday’s flight. This was a real shame since it was a unique opportunity to fly with the helicopter and EM-Bird under CryoSat as it orbits above. The photos of...

Measuring snow depth near the RADAR corner reflector in the 400m by 60m grid. (Christian Haas)

CryoVex: Gearing up for more icy groundwork

Today, the CryoVex ground and air teams arrived in Resolute Bay, Nunavut in Canada, on the way to the next campaign leg in the Lincoln Sea. The airborne EM-bird team and on ice- teams arrived via the...

Operation IceBridge missions (M. Studinger, NASA)

CryoVex: Operation IceBridge P-3 aircraft serves well

IceBridge has successfully completed the second week of the Arctic 2014 deployment with the P-3. We have returned to Thule Air Base in northern Greenland and have recovered from a night flight crossing five time zones. We...