Satellites guide sailor from treacherous waters
19 December 2014
While sailing south of Africa on an around-the-world voyage, Matteo Miceli was suddenly alerted to a massive iceberg in his path. Almost 4 km long, the iceberg drifting near the Prince Edward Islands was detected and tracked by European satellites.
"According to our experience, at these latitudes the big icebergs undergo strong fragmentation. The presence of a big iceberg could be an indicator for a field of smaller fragments which could be very dangerous for the boat," said Luca Pietranera from e-GEOS, a satellite data processing company that provides information to the team planning Matteo's route.
Radar imagery from ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite and the Italian space agency's COSMO-SkyMed were used to track the movement of the iceberg - and guide Matteo away from the treacherous waters.