Polar 6 – Waiting in Bremerhaven

It has been a busy couple of weeks in Bremerhaven. In a flurry of activity all the instruments were integrated, tested, and calibrated before our test flight last Thursday. We encountered some problems on the first test flight and so had a second test the following Saturday, and all went well! 


Bremerhaven harbour
Bremerhaven harbour
Getting ready for the test flight
Getting ready for the test flight
Julia working on the inlet
Julia working on the inlet

Most of our team made it to Longyearbyen in the last couple days by commercial flights. I’m heading up to Longyearbyen via Tromsø with the Polar 6 so that I can take care of my instrument, the SP-AMS, which we hope to keep under vacuum as much as possible. After the test flight we pulled off the under-wing cloud probes, and packed up the plane. 

Calibrating the AMS
Calibrating the AMS
EC Racks installed
EC Racks installed

It’s pretty jam-packed, but with enough space for three passengers. Unfortunately, our progress has been hampered by poor weather over Norway and winds gusting up to 50 mph in Bremerhaven today. So now it’s just waiting, and trying not to get too jealous of my colleagues who are already in the Arctic. In the meantime, here are a few impressions from the past two weeks.

Packed for the ferry to Longyearbyen
Packed for the ferry to Longyearbyen
Polar6 waiting outside
Polar6 waiting outside

 

-Megan Willis, NETCARE Graduate Student

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