Tag Archives: Antarctica

Cold like never before

From Marco Brogioni and Giovanni Macelloni (IFAC-CNR), 27 November 2013 Spring has arrived in Antarctica and, like previous years, it’s time leave for our summer campaign. This is an multiyear campaign called DOMEX-3 that we carry out...

Across Antarctica and beyond!

From Daniel Steinhage (AWI) and Steen Savstrup (DTU Space), Antarctica. Daniel and Steen update us on their challenges of flying over Antarctica to get to the Concordia station and starting the DOMECair campaign. The aim of this novel campaign is to collect measurements that will validate ESA’s Earth observation SMOS water mission and GOCE gravity mission. 13 January The overcast weather at Kohnen station finally cleared today so we were able to leave the Novo airbase, or Novo Runway as it’s commonly called, and head towards the South Pole. We had flown to Novo and met the AWI plane that we will use to take measurements for the campaign. The map below...

Scientists head to the loneliest place on Earth for ESA...

From Tȃnia (ESA-ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands Over the next few weeks we will be carefully following two intrepid scientists as they carry out an extensive airborne campaign, called DOMECair, in the far reaches of Antarctica to support two ESA missions. The reason why Steen Savstrup from the DTU National Space Institute and Daniel Steinhage from the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI) have headed out to arguably the loneliest place on Earth is to collect measurements that will validate ESA’s SMOS and GOCE missions. Not only will the harsh environment of East Antarctica’s polar plateau where summer temperatures drop to –40°C be challenging, but also the long flights over the vast expanse of nothing...