We were happy to have one of our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) on this amazing expedition. Dr. Robert Schmieder and the whole team were checking the glacier melt from their last trip to Heard Island in 1996. The Expedition Team also did set up some hand-held radio on this remote island.

Dr. Robert William Schmieder is an American scientist and explorer. He had a multidisciplinary career, broadly divided between physics and related physical sciences, and natural science and exploration. In most of his projects, he created and led teams of both professional scientists and volunteers. His work is documented in about 100 technical publications and 10 books. Among his most significant work was the invention of laser spark spectroscopy, the formulation of nanologic, and the concept of underwater islands.