To Antarctica – Again 6 January 2014 Once again I am on my way to Antarctica to study the weather of the southernmost continent. This trip is my 12th to Antarctica. You can read about some of my previous trips at the following links: August – October 2012 http://cires.colorado.edu/blogs/antarcticuavs/ January – February 2012 http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/53700947/Antarctic_blog/index.html August… Read More


My 10th trip to Antarctica ended on Monday (1 October) when I flew back to New Zealand. I was happy that our northbound flight left as scheduled since sometimes these flights can be delayed several days or more if the weather doesn’t cooperate. The flight that arrived from New Zealand on Monday was the start… Read More


The Aerosonde UAVs we flew in Antarctica were equipped with digital cameras that allowed us to take photographs of the ice and ocean we were flying over. Of course, most of our flights were at night so we couldn’t take photographs, but on a few flights we had enough daylight at the start of the… Read More


Since my last blog post we’ve been busy flying our Aerosondes to Terra Nova Bay. After our first successful flights on the night of the 18th we launched two more Aerosondes to Terra Nova Bay for overnight flights on the 19th. All was going well with these flights until the generator belt on one of… Read More


We completed our first successful Aerosonde UAV science flights to Terra Nova Bay last night and we are all really happy to finally be getting the data we’ve come here for. Nick, Cam, Peter, and I went out to the Pegasus ice runway yesterday afternoon to launch two Aerosondes for the overnight mission. You can… Read More


It has been a busy, but frustrating, week since I last wrote. We’ve been working hard trying to get our UAVs to Terra Nova Bay to make the measurements we need for our research but we keep running into problems. After our local test flight last Sunday (9 September) we had a couple of days… Read More


After what seems like a long wait we’ve finally had our first Aerosonde flight yesterday. While we haven’t completed a science flight yet we are getting closer to that goal. Everything always seems to take longer than you expect down here and this trip has been no different. Since we arrived two weeks are we’ve… Read More


In my earlier blog posts I’ve been complaining that the weather here in McMurdo hasn’t been Antarctic enough for my liking but today the weather has “improved” quite a bit and is much more “enjoyable”. We’ve had condition 2 weather on and off all day since lunch. Many of the buildings in McMurdo have electronic… Read More


I’ve been in Antarctica for a bit more than 4 days now and we are slowly getting all of our science equipment setup and ready to use. The last WinFly flight of the season arrived 2 nights ago and now we won’t see another flight arrive until October 1st. It is always a strange feeling… Read More


After a 4 day delay in Christchurch and a week since I left home I arrived in Antarctica last night (27 August) at 8PM. The weather in Antarctica makes flight schedules relatively meaningless. Over the past week there were 5 flights scheduled to fly from Christchurch, New Zealand to McMurdo Station, Antarctica as part of… Read More