(ThePoles.com) The first rigid, habitable sledge seen in Antarctica - is Brazilian, Julio Fiadi proudly reported from Patriot Hills this past Antarctica season. Brits, Americans and Norwegians were at first skeptic at our innovative gadget. But after they saw me hauling the small, bright-red capsule, they started to show interest.
Julio came up with the idea during his last degree trips to both poles. Barracuda Advanced Composites built the capsule of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and divynicell (commonly used on planes and F1 racing cars). Attached solar panels from HumanEdgeTech will keep batteries recharged enroute.
Fiedi leaves nothing to chance. In fact, he made the expensive trip to Antarcticas Patriot Hills base only to try the vehicle (the sled has no name yet) in authentic conditions. Julio aims for a complete solo SP trip in a near future, hauling all his gear and supplies inside the capsule.
Obviously, he won't have to worry about a tent, but there might be other issues to consider: Weather conditions this season are rough, Julio dispatched from PH a few weeks back. Hit by 50/70 knots-strong winds, the sledge tends to rock, even with me inside. However, just like sailing boats, it moves to face the wind.
With -15 C outside, Ive been comfy inside the sledge at +20 degrees.
There is still a long way to go, a lot to test and to improve, but the invention clearly poses an option to take into account, for all those wanting to move across the Antarctic plains in a more comfortable way, Fiedi explains.
Lightweight Earth exploration travel in extreme environments lends hands from the Space industry and could in turn pave way for future travel on other planets.
Check also another story at ExWeb today (TheOceans.net), about Orca, the first Expedition 30 multi-hull rowing boat ever used for an Atlantic crossing created by a former engineer of Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites (SpaceShip One) and two Max Epoxies designers.
Brainchild of founder Bill Wolbach and managed by a crew of two (not yet confirmed), Orca is scheduled to depart New York City by June 1s full moon. The goal is to break the much-coveted speed record on W-E Atlantic crossing, by reaching France in less than 55 days. An additional 200 extra miles up the Seine river will make for a spectacular final arrival in Paris.
The expedition follows in the wake of Harbo and Samuelson, the first ocean rowers to complete the Atlantic W-E crossing in 1896. At the cry of see you in France or see you in heaven, the two Brooklyn guys in their twenties left from Battery Park in a 18 foot wooden boat. 55 days and 13 hours later they touched land in La Havre (France). In 111 years, no other Atlantic rowing team departing from US has managed to break the record.
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