Tracking Tourgoyak from Space

06 February 2014

Starting on February 1, 2014 the Tourgoyak boat is being followed by the Russian astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS). They will rely on the coordinates of the boat received from the Yellow Brick beacon. The goal of this tracking is to provide images of the boat, weather permitting, and also to enhance visual weather report charts. The Russian segment of the Expedition 37/38 (ISS 37/38) crew consists of Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Mikhail Tyurin. Since February 1st, the astronauts have been trying to take images of Tourgoyak in the Pacific Ocean, but due to the high seas and foaming white crests it is difficult to locate a 9 meter boat with a white hull. Today we were informed by Vladimir Solovyov, the first deputy general designer of the Russian division of ISS, that the Russian astronauts have taken their first images of the area. However, due to the cloud cover and white crests of the waves it was not possible to identify the boat. “So far the boat can’t be seen, but we will continue to send the coordinates to the pilots,” – Vladimir Solovyov reports.

The satellite images are received by the Russian division of the ISS Mission Control Center.  The information is then sent to the Russian “Orthodox Pacific Expedition” Headquarters, ( who work with Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIGAik).

Written by Pavel Alexandrov, Manager of Orthodox Pacific Expedition

Translated by Tatiana Koreski

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