(Newsdesk) The Russians have been preparing the ice runway the past few days. The first cargo flight from Longyearbyen on Svalbard is planned to take off today, April 1st, to Barneo near the Geographic North Pole.
On March 27th the Ilyushin-76 plane, flying from Murmansk in Russia, has found a suitable ice floe from the air; with a suitable size of 2 km x1 km. The skeleton staff jumped by parachute onto the ice to prepared the ice runway. Some equipment was also send down by parachute. On the second IL-76 flight two bulldowser and their drivers were dropped by parachute onto the ice floe to prepare the runway.
The two MI-8 helicopters from Russia also arrived at the ice floe on the 27th. They had their two refuel stops on their way from Murmansk as previous years. Their fuel barrels were dropped in advance by the IL-76. These two helicopters transport the skiers, scientists and other North Pole tourists to their start points and pick up points during the season.
Meanwhile another group of Russians was preparing the bulk of the camp equipment in Longyearbyen, which will be on the first flight today by Antonov-12. The weather is good in LYB, reported the Barneo team. Yesterday: Temperature -10 ˚ C, the sunny, blue sky, no wind.
In Murmansk yesterday, the IL-76 was grounded with its third cargo flight to Barneo due to bad weather there. In a comment update today, the Barneo team reported that the IL-76 took off.
Barneo's season's end is scheduled for April 22th.
Barneo's changing position on the moving ice
March 27, when the ice floe was identified:
Coordinates "Barneo": N 89 ˚ 29 'E and 159 ˚ 36'.
Weather: Temperature -32˚C, clear, the wind 2-3 m/s.
March 28, bull dowsers landed
Coordinates: N 89 ˚ 31 'E and 159 ˚ 15'.
Weather: Temperature -29˚C, wind west, 3-4 m /s.
Coordinates: N 89 ˚ 30'03'' E and 167 ˚ 59'20''.
Weather: Temperature -28˚C in the afternoon the wind picked up 10 m/s and the visibility dropped to 1 km.
Coordinates: N 89 ° 41 'E and 11 ° 14'.
Distance from the North Pole 35 km
Drift: 0.2-0.4 km/h
Weather: Temperature -23°C, pressure 777 mm Hp, north-west wind of 3-4 m/s, visibility of 10 000 meters.
Barneo Ice Camp is a temporary camp that is build by Russians near the Geographic North Pole every year. It serves as a drop off point for Last Degree (110km) and partial route skiers as well as scientists and other high Arctic ice visitors. The Barneo helicopter also picks up the full distance skiers upon arrival at the Geographic North Pole (if there are any).
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