Ursula and Takashi examine the meteorological ice beacon installed nearby ITP 15.
(Photo by Ben Rabe)
The deployment operation for ITP 15 was conducted by German, Japanese, and Russian scientists. This particular deployment was decided upon at the last minute and was conducted in the early hours of the morning. The deployment site selected was a relatively robust 2.5-3 m thickness, which would be expected to provide a durable platform for the system (yet the surface package would later be pushed below the ice during ridging and not resurface for over 2 years). The deployment operation concluded with the as-deployed inductive modem test from the surface unit to the profiler functioning well upon the second attempt. Only paces away, a MetOcean meteorogical ice beacon was deployed which was equipped with air temperature, barometer, GPS receiver and telemetry.