The Aviation Department of the Federal Security Service
of Russia assumed the responsibility of aviation support of
the Ski Expedition to the North Pole during the polar night.
It is appropriate to mention that Nikolay Gavrilov, lieutenant-general,
Hero of Russia and the Chief of this Aviation Department,
was at the controls of the Mi-8 helicopter when it reached
the South Pole in January 2006. The Aviation Division of the
Federal Security Service was also supporting the Expedition
to the North Pole of Prince of Monaco Albert II in April 2006.
One of the most significant components of supporting the
forthcoming Expedition were the photographs of ice, made in
the darkness by the RADARSAT satellite. The Russian Company
sent about 30 such photographs to the Headquarters of the
Expedition, headed by Dmitry Shparo, at the office of the
The Hydrometeorological Research Centre of Russia (Hydrometcentre)
every day delivered a five-day weather forecast to the Headquarters
of the Expedition. Specialists of the Hydrometcentre together
with Dmitry Shparo analyzed the photographs of ice.
The Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications
of Russia had also supported the Expedition. Matvey Shparo
and Boris Smolin received the meteorological and ice information
from the Headquarters in Moscow on a daily basis.
The Moscow representative office of the Panasonic
acted as the Sponsor of the Expedition. The Panasonic Company
delivered photo cameras, video cameras, power supply units
and the all-weather computer Toughbook CF-19CHBAXBM, and also
provided the financial assistance to the Expedition.
The Department of Health of Moscow carried out the
medical examination of the explorers, and organized the Special
Medical Group in Moscow, which was consulting the participants
of the Expedition en-route.
- Rosiiskaya gazeta,
- Komsomolskaya Pravda,
- Sovetsky Sport,
- Moskovskaya Pravda.
- Radio Rossii (Russian Radio)