Twin-Otter Antarctic stopover

Twin-Otter Antarctic stopover

Released

22/03/2013 12:00 pm

Copyright

ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Kumar

Description

A Twin-Otter aircraft has a stopover for refuelling half-way to the Concordia research station in Antarctica. The airport is nothing more than a strip of cleared snow and a stockpile of fuel barrels.

From Antarctic coast it is 1200 km to Concordia. Personnel, small equipment and fresh produce are transported in a twin-propeller plane organised by the Italian PNRA Antarctic programme. The aircraft has to be maintained meticulously because it flies at altitudes where the air pressure is a third less than at sea level, in extreme cold weather. 

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