ALTEX Arctic Cruise
October 7 - November 7, 2001
Tromso, Norway to the Arctic Circle
October 20, 2001: Day #14
Traveling South; -13.3 degrees C (8 degrees F), 30 knot winds
Mike Pinto writes: Good news on the AUV front overnight - a software problem was identified and fixed that most likely caused the ice profiling sonar to drop offline. The Octan's nav problem may have been resolved with the discovery of a connector problem between the sensor and navigation computer.
Saturday was a day to catch-up on lower priority tasks and to take some well-deserved R&R. With 30-knot winds and a temperature of -13.3 degrees C (8 degrees F) with a -30 degree C (-22 degree F) wind chill factor, the Executive Officer (XO) of the Healy announced early Saturday that small boat operations would be suspended until the weather improved. Without the small boat, the AUV could not be deployed. Even some domestic tasks were completed as Rob McEwen and Mark Talkovic were seen swabbing the science lab floor late in the morning
Not much more to report. Farley Shane provided a movie for Saturday evening's entertainment. A few of us stayed up for a second feature before hitting the sack and hoping for better weather conditions in the morning.