May 2, 2013
Polar View is providing support to two Russian explorers – Fedor Konyukhov and Viktor Simonov – who have embarked on their North Pole – Greenland expedition.
The Russian Polar Expedition 2013: North Pole – Greenland, which embarked on April 6, 2013 and continues for four months, will cover 4,000 kilometres from the North Pole to the Greenland Ice Cap through the Arctic Ocean. Polar View is providing daily ice drift information to aid in the safe transit of the expedition team.
Knoyukhov and Simonov are using Yellow Brick (Iridium) beacons for tracking, to give the support team their accurate position. The ice drift images provided by the Polar View will help in ice navigation and give the support team an impression of whether they will beat the summer ice melt to their goal in Greenland. They are currently covering 20 to 25 kilometres daily.
Polar View previously helped Konyukhov in 2008 as he sought to sail around Antarctica. During that expedition, the explorer was provided with iceberg location in the southern Atlantic Ocean.