Zero emission vehicle for scientific mission in Antarctica

Zero emission vehicle for scientific mission in Antarctica

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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Dates / Project duration

November 2018 - July 2020 / 21 months

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Study on climate change and its effects

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The objective of the project is to prove the potential of Windsled as the first Zero emissions vehicle able to do scientific land traverses in the interior of Antarctica and Greenland. 

Two simultaneous Traverses is carried out in Antarctica with two different versions of Windsled.

  1. A Circumnavigation of the East Antarctica Plateau with the lightest version of Windsled, covering an unprecedented route of 7500 km using only the wind as source of energy, connecting for the first time the existing bases: South Pole, Vostok, Concordia, Kunlun and Dome Fuji.It is a very efficient traverse getting light scientific data samples along the way for different institutions with no scientist on board.
  2. A 1500 km land traverse from South Pole to Vostok and Concordia. This carries heavier and more sophisticated scientific equipment and has a scientist on board.

The goal is to set a new standard of scientific land transects that is totally clean, much cheaper, logistically very simple, reliable, efficient, safe and versatile that is a complement to existing ways of exploring the interior of Greenland and Antarctica.