Tag Archives: Raid

Carole and Didier in front of Concordia base. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA

Staying at Concordia

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Seismology cave. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt

At Concordia

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Concordia on the horizon is like approaching another planet! Credits: IPEV/PNRA/ESA–D. Schmitt

Arriving at Concordia

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Raid arriving. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Traversing the Antarctic Mad Max style

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Helicopter view. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt

Flying over the ice

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

First sign of Raid. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Dots on the horizon

Taken from ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg's personal blog: ‘I see the sea! First!’  – my sisters My family went to the North Sea for holidays almost every year. The second we got there, my sisters...

Beth Healey enjoying the Sun on the coast. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

Preparing for the traverse

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey has just left Concordia research station after a year, only to start preparing to return!  I climbed into the small Twin Otter plane, and watched Concordia fade into the distance as we gained...

Raid trails

Summer is coming to an end in Concordia and preparations are underway for this year’s winterover. The ESA-sponsored medical doctor has arrived in Antarctica (more from him soon) and the last caravan of supplies is travelling over 1000 km from Dumont d’Urville on the Antarctic coast to Concordia research base. In addition to the regular air transport, three expeditions called Raid trails arrive with heavier equipment. The traverse across Antarctica takes ten days to complete, climbing over 3000 m to reach the plateau where Concordia was built. Raid trail arriving at Concordia in 2009 by Concordia09 Pulled by heavy-duty tractors, the caravans carry 150 tonnes of fuel, food and heavy equipment each...