Benefitting from the great weather in Svalbard last Thursday, the team working on the experiment for the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer, CIMR, candidate mission were able to take to the skies for some serious measuring.
Seashore after the cold weather. (Samuli Nyman, Aalto University)
The aim of this ESA-organised experiment campaign is to collect data that will help develop new algorithms for sea-ice concentration and sea-surface temperature – CIMR’s core business.
Bad weather earlier in the week had grounded the team, but as the cloud cleared they could make up for lost time.
Samuli Nyman from Aalto University, Finland and Sampo Salo fromHarp Technologies, Finland, report:
Leaving for the first measurement flight. (Samuli Nyman, Aalto University)
“The radiometers need a couple hours to heat up before the pre-flight calibration, so that meant getting to the airport at 06:00 hours to turn on the instruments. Then, after breakfast and the instruments having had time to heat up, we took off just after 09:00 hours.
Sun, sea and ice. (Sampo Salo, Harp Technologies Ltd)
“On the first flight, we flew to the north of Svalbard in perfect conditions. The sea was mostly covered in broken ice and mist was rising from the ...