Category Archives: CryoSat

Stormy winds causing snow drift around the camp.

Heavy snow causes temporary hold-up

In the week from 1–7 December the weather was not that favourable to continue our field work. The daily weather forecast from Neumayer station told us to expect storms with high wind of more than 60 km/h...

We are prepared to leave for the field camp, which will be placed about 70 km southeast of Novo Airbase. To transport the gear to set up the field camp we are supported by a Prinoth Everest snow groomer. (TUD)

Setting up in Antarctica

In the evening of Tuesday 18 November our plane took off from Cape Town heading south to our final destination: Antarctica. Researchers from India, Belgium, the UK, and Finland, as well as a group of tourists were...

Ludwig Schröder and  Undine Strößenreuther from TU Dresden on their way to Antarctica for ESA's CryoSat mission. (credits: TU Dresden)

En route to Antarctica for CryoSat

Despite the high summer temperatures in South Africa, we carried hats and thick gloves in our luggage as we checked in for a flight from Cape Town yesterday, continuing our journey to Antarctica. We are two geodesists...

Station Nord

Cryovex: Last flights

After surveying Austfonna, Svalbard, on Saturday 3 May, we had a short stop in Longyearbyen to refuel and say goodbye to Sine, who was heading home. Late in the afternoon, we headed for Station Nord in northeast...

The team at Danmarkshaven: Louise, Sebastian, Emil and Sine from DTU Space and pilots Ragnar and Eggert from Norlandair. (Credits: Christina Dybbøl Nielsen)

Cryovex moves from sea ice to land ice

The second part of the 2014 Cryovex campaign has started in Iceland. Firstly, the instruments were re-installed in the ‘POF’ Twin Otter aircraft in its home-hangar in Akureyri , northern Iceland. After a short test flight on...

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...

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...

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...