An Analox Sensor Technology backed expedition which aims to produce previously unseen footage of submarine Polar Regions has set off – and is on course to achieve its amazing objectives.
Under the Pole Part II – Discover Greenland has been inspired by innovative explorer and diver Jacques Cousteau. A small team of divers/explorers have now embarked on a journey which will see them spending 22 months crossing the Polar region, and Analox Sensor Technology (AST) has supplied the expedition with vital safety equipment.
In the first 20 days, the team reached Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, where they reported that they were awaiting a favorable weather window which would allow them to reach Iceland. Project Director Ghislain Bardout commented: “We are still on time and if the weather allows us, we expect to reach Greenland early March. This target allows us to get close to the ice at the end of the polar night. It is therefore guaranteed to meet clear and limpid waters that will allow us to achieve the first underwater images in fantastic conditions.”
The Under The Pole team in the Faroes
The plan is for the team to initially travel up the west coast of Greenland, using a polar sailing ship, before wintering on the ice, and finally crossing over the North Pole, accompanied by Inuits and their dog sledges. As well as producing previously unseen footage, the team will carry out scientific projects. These include monitoring polar biodiversity and the polar environment, and reporting on the melting polar ice pack and the effects of global warming.
AST has provided the Under The Pole team with gas analysis equipment for use throughout this expedition which will take them to some of the most extreme environments on the planet. AST has donated an ATA Pro analyzer for use by its divers, as well as a maintenance kit. The team will be diving using rebreather equipment, carrying trimix gas with them. The ATA Pro enables them to analyze each mix before it is used to ensure it is not contaminated and remains safe for use. It is designed to be used in even the most hostile of environments, and is therefore ideal for use on this polar expedition.
Kyle Fedyszyn, of Analox Sensor Technology, said: “We’d recommend that everyone follow the team’s progress as they face challenges that are both extreme and exciting, in places on earth which have never previously been explored. We’re proud to be supplying them with vital safety equipment, and now we are hoping also to help them spread the word, and raise awareness for their expedition and work.”
The Under The Pole II Discovery Greenland expedition can be followed via the website www.underthepole.com