HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:47:53 GMT Server: Apache/1.3.31 (Unix) mod_auth_tkt/1.3.11 PHP/4.3.8 mod_ssl/2.8.19 OpenSSL/0.9.7d mod_perl/1.29 X-Powered-By: PHP/4.3.8 Set-Cookie: cookieConsent=X; path=/ Connection: close Content-Type: text/html
Our site is using cookies to record anonymous visitor statistics and enhance your user experience. OK | Find out moreSkip navigation
Living and Working - Aurora Australis above Halley VI module
Home » Living & Working » Research Stations » Sky Blu »
Latitude 74° 51' S, 71° 34' W, Eastern Ellsworth Land
Chief activity: Forward logistics facility with skiway and blue ice runway
Occupied: Summer-only occupation since February 1995.
Semi permanent field camp at Sky Blu Nunataks
Sky-Blu is an area of blue ice situated close to Sky-Hi Nunataks suitable for use as an ice runway for wheeled aircraft. First located by BAS in 1993-94, the runway has rapidly assumed a position of vital importance in support of BAS deep-field operations, because it can be used by Dash-7 aircraft. The greater freight capacity of the Dash-7 has provided fuel/load cost benefits in the support of deep field parties which were earlier undertaken exclusively by wheel-ski Twin Otter aircraft.
Sky-Blu became fully operational as a logistics facility in 1997-98 when an earlier high latitude depot at Sky-Hi Nunataks was de-commissioned.
The groomed blue ice runway is up to 1.2 km in length and 50 m wide, permanently marked by flags. At the start of each summer season snow drifts have to be removed from the runway. In support of the runway, and 500 m south-west of the runway apron, is the main camp which remains year round. It comprises a "melon" hut together with a number of tents, garage, food depot, radio aerial, toilet facility etc.
Back to Top Email to a Friend
© NERC-BAS 2015
Change Text Only Settings
Graphic version of this page