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Science meets adventure, on Nanok Arctic expedition

Two Belgian adventurers are currently crossing Greenland on a triathlon including ski, kayak and a vertical rock climb. They have Septentrio’s AsteRx-SB receiver for the ride to collect valuable data for climate research in collaboration with the Royal Observatory of Belgium.

Septentrio, a leader in high-precision GNSS positioning solutions, is supporting climate research in conjunction with the Royal Observatory of Belgium by equipping two Belgian adventurers with the latest GPS/GNSS technology for collection of accurate positioning data. This data will help build a precise elevation profile of the Greenland Ice Sheet as well as to calibrate existing elevation models, which are based on satellite altimetry. In addition, the multi-frequency capability of the AsteRx-SB receiver will enable monitoring of the ionospheric activity as well as Galileo signals at high latitudes.

“The AsteRx-SB receiver provides accurate and reliable positioning data even in the world’s harshest environments. Data collected during this first-of-a-kind expedition will help research of arctic ice caps, ionospheric activity and other topics,” said Dr Nicolas Bergeot, Time-Ionosphere section of the Royal Observatory of Belgium.

Topcon: next level precision

The expedition is called Nanok, which is an Inuit word for polar bear. The adventurers, Gilles Denis and Nathan Goffart, started the triathlon with a 600 km of ski with a pulk sled along the Arctic Circle. The second part of the triathlon is a 1000 km sea kayak along the Greenland east coast, and finally there is a 1 km vertical rock climb for the opening of a new route. The AsteRx-SB receiver and the PolaNt-x MF antenna is accompanying the explorers for the whole journey. For more information about Septentrio receivers contact the Septentrio team.

Figure 1: Two explorers, equipped with Septentrio GNSS receiver are traversing Greenland and taking high-accuracy positioning measurements which will help with ice elevation and ionospheric activity research at high latitudes. Image credit: Google Earth.  
Figure 2 The first part of the triathlon is a ski with a pulk sled across Greenland. Image credit: Nanok Expedition.
Figure 3 The AsteRx-SB receiver on the pulk sled will accompany the two explorers along their journey, so that data can be collected at various locations along the way. Image credit: Nanok Expedition.