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KSAT provides NRT satellite imagery over the Arctic Ocean

Until today any journey in the ice-infested waters of the Arctic Ocean was a journey into the unknown with no up-to-date detailed map of the ice conditions readily available in such a remote region of the world.
Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) are now able to provide the
latest satellite image from the European Space Agency satellite,
Envisat to any International Polar Year (IPY) expedition in the Arctic

Users will be able to connect to KSAT in Tromsø using an Iridium
phone to access the latest radar satellite image of the sea ice
conditions immediately ahead of them.
The transmission of detailed satellite images over a very low
bandwidth has become possible due to software developed by ITT Visual
Information Solutions. Coupled with KSAT’s ability to deliver the
latest satellite image within half-an-hour of acquisition, users can
receive the very latest information on the sea ice conditions.
The technology, first used during Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen‘s
expedition, has been described as unprecedented, adding a measure of
understanding and safety which was simply not available before.
ENVISAT ASAR (Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar)
wide-swath scene available to the Bancroft Arnesen Explore team showing
the extent of ice fracturing on the Lincoln Sea on 4th March.© raw data
ESA 2007 /processed by KSAT 2007
The satellite images, analysed by the Canadian Ice Service (CIS),
revealed unusually extensive fracturing of sea ice in the Lincoln Sea.
However, Ann and Liv would have known the extent of any leads that
crossed their path and they would have been able to decide whether they
should swim or walk around open areas of water, known as leads that
obstructed their path.
This month K/V Svalbard, the Norwegian Coastguard‘s icebreaker, is
receiving the latest radar satellite images which, together with other
essential resources, play an important role in the day-to-day planning
as she participates in a joint expedition with the Bi-polar Atlantic
Thermohaline Circulation (BIAC) and Ice Load Monitoring (ILM) projects
in the waters around the Svalbard Archipelago.
To see more example images please access:
For more information please contact:
Richard Hall
Business Development Manager
Prestvannveien 38,
N-9291 Tromsø
Tel: +47 77 600 263
(Source KSAT)