Projects

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) acts as a contractor to provide flight and logistic support to National Antarctic Programs and other peer-reviewed research projects. Some projects we have supported are described below.

Belgrano II Station Airdrop and Personnel Exchange

1 tonne loadFor the past several seasons, ALE has provided intercontinental and feeder flights for the annual personnel rotation to/from Argentina’s Belgrano II station. In February 2014 ALE undertook a major air drop of approximately 166 tonnes of food, fuel and equipment, to resupply Belgrano station for a year. Read more…

Sub-Glacial Lake Ellsworth Project

Offloading the SLE SnoCatALE took part in logistic planning for a project to explore Lake Ellsworth and was subsequently named as the primary logistics provider for this major scientific undertaking. ALE flew nearly 70 tonnes of equipment to Union Glacier then transported it all to the drill site, some 295 km away, using our tractor train capability. Read more…

POLENET

NSF Herc at ALE runwayALE’s Union Glacier Camp is one of several hubs from which POLENET field teams deploy and service GPS and seismic stations across Antarctica. For several seasons, ALE has provided flight and landing support for Twin Otter and C-130 Hercules aircraft operating on skis, as well as meals, accommodation and a heated office tent with power for POLENET flight crews and field staff based at Union Glacier. Read more…

Brazilian Antarctic Program – Criosfera Traverse

Criosfera TraverseCriosfera I is a standalone module for atmospheric data collection. The module was flown to Union Glacier by ALE’s Ilyushin 76, then transported 472 km by ALE tractor-train to it’s final location. ALE has provided intercontinental and feeder flights, meals, accommodation, guide services, and traverse support for related field work. Read more…

Centro de Estudios Científicos

Andres Rivera y Jose Uribe from CECS doing radar measurementsALE has supported a variety of projects by the Centro de Estudios Científicos (Center for Scientific Studies, Valdivia, Chile), including involvement in the Lake Ellsworth Project, glacier flow rate and bedrock studies at Union Glacier, and several oversnow traverses. Read more…

Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia

Drilling ice coresALE has long had an association with researchers from the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), University of New South Wales, Australia. Support has included: intercontinental and feeder flights, base camp facilities, snowmobiles and fuel, and guide services. Read more…

Chile’s Estación Polar Científica Conjunta Glaciar Unión

Presidente Sebastian Pinera_222In January 2014, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera inaugurated the new Chilean Station, Estación Polar Científica Conjunta Glaciar Unión. ALE provided support throughout the project, including intercontinental flights for cargo and personnel, airfield support for FACh C-130 and Twin Otter aircraft, accommodation, and assistance dismantling the old Estación Polar Arturo Parodi at Patriot Hills and transporting the modules to Union Glacier via ALE tractor train. We look forward to ongoing cooperation with the new Chilean base. Read more…