ru26 The Bear is in the Igloo!
The Glider was pick up this morning, in the middle of a large patch of ice but the recover all went well and it is now sat out side the boat shed awaiting collection.
ru26d was recovered early in the morning, Saturday 1/21/2012 by the zodiac team out of Rothera. Poor conditions, 40 knot winds, kept the recovery off on Friday. We do not have pictures from the event yet but are still asking.
This completes an Antarctic international base to base AUV mission. 60+ days in the making. A major landmark for polar research. The vehicle performed 2500 casts at depths from 1000 m to 40 m.
Some mission highlights:
Sampling the northern grid & interesting Warm Spot
The northern grid receives relatively little attention. We did our best with the time we had to try to get the glider to sample up there before sending it back down south along midshelf.
Visting Doug Martinson’s Mooring Locations for Good instrument Cross reference and possibly aiding the moorings gathering by giving it values outside of its location.
We tried to sample along the western Adelaide but some loose ice came out and we turned just in the nick of time!
Several days continuous sampling at the BAS Rothera RaTS study site. We spent several days continuously sampling the British’s CTD cast location. This data could be used by them to bridge the gaps in their data from just sampling from boat every week.
Thanks to all and a great success on the list for the Antarctic year!