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Antarctic Cruises - Smarter Sailing with Satellite Data

by Lasse Rabenstein on 2017-05-15

Remote Antarctica; How to get up to date ice information for a safe planning of the route ahead? The answer comes from space with a variety of satellite missions operated by NASA, ESA or JAXA. A test case of the first version of Operational Ice Maps took place in the beginning of 2017. The m/v Ortelius , operated by Oceanwide Expeditions , went from Ushuaia in Argentina, via the Ross Sea to New Zealand, and back again. The ice-map support in that case study was financed by the DLR funded research project MARSAT .

Ice Shipping 4.0. - Digital data from space on board

by Lasse Rabenstein on 2017-04-18

It’s not science fiction anymore. Fully automated 24/7 near-real-time ice image information support for tactical decision making in polar waters is available now. Our support system includes: (i) an operational satellite image database, (ii) communication lines between ships, satellites, and the internet, (iii) the automatic ship identification system (AIS), (iv) standardized image visualization and (v) high performance computer systems. The Drift+Noise ice information service smoothly integrates these items with on-board operational procedures.

Fully automated support of ice breaker activities with near-real time radar images from space

by Lasse Rabenstein on 2016-10-06

Tactical decisions for navigation in or close to ice infested seas are difficult, as ice conditions change continuously. Satellite radar images from the Sentinel-1 satellites of the European Space Agency (ESA) provide images of ice situations several times a day. These data are open and therefore free of charge. Presently Drift + Noise Polar Services delivers customized Sentinel-1 radar images to the research ice breaker Polarstern. If you are interested to support your tactical decisions on board in a similar way, please contact us under