One of the founders of the Icelandic Space Agency has mediated the use of so-called SAR satellite images in the search for John Snorri Sigurjónsson and his companions on the mountain K2. He says the technology has not been used before in this type of rescue operation. The part of the mountain where the trail is located has been photographed, and the pictures need neither light nor glory.
The search for John Snorri and his companions, Pakistani national hero Ali Sadpara and Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr, has been going on since Saturday. They were last seen at a notorious bottleneck near peak K2 on Friday. The Pakistani army is leading the search, but many are also coming from as many quarters – using all available means.
Fine-tune every inch
A joint statement from the families of the three men and the relatives of the search stated that data from locators carried by the members during the march was used for the search, in addition to which witnesses were interviewed “to create a time frame for the marchers’ location”, as stated in the statement.
It also mentions the use of so-called SAR satellite technology in the search, which has not been done before. With this technology, it is possible to fine-tune “every single centimeter” at the summit of the mountain, despite poor visibility and difficult weather conditions, which repeatedly hindered the search from the air at the beginning of the week. Daniel Leeb, one of the founders of the Icelandic Space Agency, is thanked for his contribution to the project in the statement.
The Icelandic Space Science Institute is a private enterprise that was established a few years ago and has focused on space travel research and experiments in Iceland. Daniel Leeb discussed the institute in a in-depth interview with Vísi this year 1235 .
His role is small compared to the contributions of others
He himself places great emphasis on the fact that his and the Space Science Institute’s role in the search for K2 is very small compared to others involved in it; Pakistani government, military, hikers and more.
“But I am pleased that we have been able to contribute this small talk so that the technology can be used and perhaps contribute to bringing John Snorri and his friends home. But I reiterate that my role is small compared to the achievement that has been made in Pakistan and the people who have offered difficult and dangerous conditions the supplier of K2, “says Daniel in a conversation with Vísi.
But what role has he played in the search in recent days? “It has really been little more than realizing that this technology exists,” says Daniel.