Station Nord – our home for a few days – has been kind to the Cryovex and Karen campaign. The six young soldiers who live and work here for two years at a time have welcomed us warmly, provided warm huts for the night and kept us well fed, allowing the campaign team to concentrate on the work at hand. The weather also decided to cooperate with –25°C and relatively clear conditions.
Arne Olesen from DTU setting up a GPS reference ground station just off the runway in Station Nord. The station is essential to know the exact position of the aircraft later when analysing the data from the instruments on board. (ESA)
Tuesday was a big day. After a bowl of porridge for breakfast, the team climbed into the Twin Otter aircraft and started up the myriad of scientific instruments on board which include the laser scanner, the Ku-band altimeter, the Ka-band altimeter and support instruments to record our position and attitude each second of the flight.
Twin Otter takes off for the second five-hour flight over the Arctic Ocean. (ESA)
The first target of the day was a CryoSat orbit overpass, conveniently near Station Nord at 14:30 local ...