10 Mar 2021

Helping to make polar expeditions safer

Osprey CSL, part of tpgroup, is helping to support the safe delivery by air of people and equipment to the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) expeditions in the Polar Regions.

In June 2020, Osprey CSL was chosen by BAS, an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council and funded by UK Research and Innovation, to provide technical advisory services to support the definition and delivery of a suitable air capability solution to support expeditions in the Polar Regions.

BAS is currently carrying out the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme – a major overhaul of Antarctic infrastructure and logistics modernisation. This includes the introduction into service of the new polar ship; the RRS Sir David Attenborough; the re-development of the science research station at Rothera, Antarctica; facility upgrades at Sub-Antarctica research stations; and the commissioning of a new air capability to support science into the future.

Osprey is providing a range of technical advisory services from the definition of user requirements and specifications, to airworthiness, aircraft operating procedures, safety cases, regulatory support and the production of industry standard manuals. In addition, the Osprey team are providing specialist technical input to various BAS Working Groups and other project related forums.

BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

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