Tag Archives: Twin Otter

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...

ASIRAS arrives in Alert

From Malcolm (ESA), in Alert, 13 April The whole team was more than pleased – relieved and happy might be the right description – to see Henriette and her team from the Danish Technical University arrive from Greenland today. Today’s arrival of the Nordlandair Twin Otter plane in Alert marks a new and crucial phase of the CryoSat campaign. The plane carries precious cargo: the ASIRAS radar instrument which – much as the CryoSat satellite does much higher up in its orbit about Earth – emits a series of radar pulses as the plane travels over the ice and snow  surfaces and very carefully records the faint return echo from the surface. ...