Airborne Science and Technology, Antarctica

Lat. 90°0'0"S, Long. 0°0'0"E

What we do

  • Provide the installation guidance and management in conjunction with the Air Unit of science survey equipment onto the BAS Twin Otters and Dash 7.
  • Carry out the installation and certification of the science survey equipment in conjunction with the Air Unit.
  • Maintain the core BAS survey equipment.
  • Provide survey equipment engineering support during science campaigns.
  • Provide the guidance and oversight of UAS flying in Antarctica.
  • Provide the development of BASs UAV capability.

Accessing our services

We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your project requirements. The sooner we and the Air Unit are involved the better we can deliver to you within your time scales, installation and certification of sensors and survey equipment on to the Twin Otter is not an overnight process and has to be scheduled into the aircrafts maintenance and work schedules.  Depending on the instrumentation to be fitted it may be necessary that integration, installation and testing cost are paid.

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BAS Twin Otter coming into land at a remote field camp

Airborne Geophysics

Twin otter aircraft are equipped with instuments that capture ice structure and the geologic al topography that lies beneath. Ice penetrating radar, gravimeter, magnetometers, laser scanners and other sensors reveal Antarctica’s hidden world

BAS Twin Otter Aircraft in flight over the Antarctic Peninsula

Airborne Meteorology

Airborne Science Instrumentation (MASIN) The British Antarctic Survey has a Twin Otter aircraft with a certified fit of airborne atmospheric instrumentation suitable for atmospheric, boundary layer and cloud/aerosol studies. The …

A view looking east across the Antarctic Peninsula during a flight back to Rothera Station from Fossil Bluff

Airborne Remote Sensing

Two of the four BAS Twin Otters are equipped with a full remote sensing capability, providing scientists with data on land, ice and sea. This includes VNIR & SWIR hyperspectral …

ANTARCTIC BLOG: Science from the air #5

26 January, 2016 by Tom Jordan

Wrapping up I have started several of my blog posts saying I am writing in various odd/unusual/uncomfortable locations…the back of a Twin Otter, or in a mountain tent high on …

ANTARCTIC BLOG: Science from the air #1

7 December, 2015 by Tom Jordan

Tom Jordan is part of the PolarGAP project, an ambitious international collaboration which will use airborne geophysics to explore one of the last known frontiers on our planet – the …

Filchner Ice Shelf System, Antarctica

Understanding the contribution that polar ice sheets make to global sea-level rise is recognised internationally as urgent.  The mission of this five-year project is to capture new observations and data …


An international project called GOCE+Antarctica- Dynamic Antarctic Lithosphere supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched in late January 2016 as part of its Support to Science program. This …