POLAR (ICECAP) NAVIGATION

Major Palle Mogensen, U. S. Army

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The problems of strategy and logistics are difficult enough when considered in the relatively familiar terms of land, sea, and air operations. However, a whole new set of problems and concepts develops when these terms are applied to over-the-snow polar operations which involve transportation of personnel and material by sled and other surface vehicles from one point in the polar region to another. This article deals with one particular phase of polar operations, namely, the means of movement known as icecap navigation. Icecap navigation is a particular kind of surface navigation, subject to all of the problems common to the polar regions in general, and in addition, the peculiarities of the icecap itself. Basically, as navigation does anywhere else in the world, it involves mastering the art of maintaining direction and determining speed and position.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 1
Pages: 30 - 33
Cite this article: Mogensen, Major Palle, Army, U. S., "POLAR (ICECAP) NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1956, pp. 30-33.
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