Customers at the Top of the World

April 20, 2019


NASA's Operation Ice Bridge (OIB) images the Earth’s polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system.

Douglas DC-8, GulfStream V, Lockheed Martin P-3, and de Havilland Twin Otter flights provide a multi-instrument look at the behavior of the rapidly changing features of the Greenland and Antarctic ice.

Preliminary_HSI-Data_2018Supraglacial lake observations using thermal imaging and spectra from a Headwall Nano-Hyperspec® VNIR sensor (left). Image from NASA Operation IceBridge Overview 2018.

Headwall Co-Aligned and SWIR sensors are utilized for hyperspectral imaging. These operate in temperatures well below normal operating conditions, and Headwall support personnel sometimes provide remote troubleshooting to personnel, who may be on satellite phone in flight.OIB staff recently spent a "light" day at Thule Air Base with the P-3 aircraft on display at an aircraft show. Program Manager James (Jim) Yungel (in the red parka, above) sent us some photos he took during a Sunday walk around Thule, as well as some photos Jeremy Harbeck took on a Dundas Mountain hike. It was bright and sunny, but with temperatures from -17 °C to -25 °C.


The base chapel (left) and headquarters building (right).


South Mountain (above).


The Top-of-the-World (TOW) Club with online membership!


Canadian C-130 (left) and Ilyushin Il-76, part of the Danish Operation Northern Falcon resupply.


Speaking of falcons, Jeremy Harbeck took this photo (left) of a Gyrfalcon (falco rusticolus), the largest of the falcon species that breeds on Arctic coasts and tundra. He also took a spectacular photo of Kyle Krabill on top of Dundas Mountain (right).

Thanks to Jim Yungel, Program Manager, Wallops Island Remote Sensing,