Polar aircraft Polar5 and Polar6 operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute


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Due to the remoteness and di culty to access the snow covered polar regions, ski-equipped aircraft are an indispensable tool for polar research. The Alfred Wegener Institute has a long tradition in airborne polar science – starting with the aircraft Polar1 and Polar2 in 1983. In 2007 the rst Basler BT-67 (Polar5) and in 2011 the second Basler BT-67 (Polar6) were brought into service and replaced Polar2 and Polar4. They carry a variety of scienti c equipment for investigation of the lithosphere, atmosphere and cryosphere and all their interactions. Beside being deployed for science missions, the aircraft are also part of the Dronning Maud Land Air Network (DROMLAN), a logistical partnership to transport equipment and personnel to various stations in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica.



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DOI 10.17815/jlsrf-2-153

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Wesche, C. , Steinhage, D. and Nixdorf, U. (2016): Polar aircraft Polar5 and Polar6 operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute , Journal of large-scale research facilities, 2 (A87), pp. 1-7 . doi: 10.17815/jlsrf-2-153


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