Russian amphibious vehicles closing in on the North Pole

Posted: Apr 05, 2013 07:22 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Their latest reported position of the 2 cars that started off from Russia is, on April 5, 14:45 N 89° 16.892, E106° 28.747'. Temperature -16°C. Pressure 1041 mb. 250 m visibility, wind 3 m/s at 80 km to pole, odometer 1554 km.

The Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 (MLAE-2013) has started driving from the Russian polar station on the island of Golomânnyj (N79° 33') on March 1st, where they greeted the border guards.

Yesterday they reported to have been "speeding" at 30-40 km per hour. After reaching 90 degrees North, they plan to cross to Resolute Bay, Canada, 74° 41′ 0″N, 94° 52′ 0″W

In 2009 two amphibious vehicles of MLAE-2009, Yemelya-1 and Yemelya-2, reached the Geographic North Pole after traversing 2033 km from Sredniy Island in the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago to 90°N.

This year Yemelya-3 and Yemelya-4 will be used by the Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 to attempt to go beyond the North Pole to Resolute Bay, Canada.

The 2013 team is Elagin Vasily (leader, vehicle designer and builder), Makovnev Afanasy (deputy leader), Vankov Andrey (driver-mechanic), Obikhod Vladimir (driver-mechanic), Shkrabkin Alexey (driver-mechanic), Kozlov Nikolai (doctor), and Isaev Sergey (driver-mechanic).

Yemelya is an amphibious vehicle designed for transportation over ice floes and thin ice of the Arctic Ocean. Its six wheels are dressed with special low pressure tires inflated to the mere 0,7 bar. The gross vehicle weight is under 1,5 tons while the total water displacement of the six inflated tires constitutes 4 tons resulting in the very shallow draft of the vehicle body in water - just 10 centimeters.

Despite the large profile and windage characteristics of vehicle’s body, its spinning wheels are capable of propelling at the speed of 2-3 km/h on the open water. The vehicle tows three single-axel trailers each loaded with a pair of 200 L fuel barrels and six 130 L plastic containers for food and gear.

Read more Yemelya specifications here.

[Ed side-note: The cars driven by Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear team reached the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole (78° 35'42N, 104° 11'54.00"W)]

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Trailing falling into the water.
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The Green car.
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The Red car.
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A visitor.
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Testing the ice condition.
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Route map as on April 5, 2013.
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Early in the expedition the sun was still low on the horizon.
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