Video: Russian amphibious vehicle on the Arctic Ocean

Posted: Apr 18, 2013 02:16 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Yemelya-4 crossing hummocks.

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 are used by the Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 to attempt to go beyond the North Pole to Resolute Bay, Canada, 74°41′N, 094°52′W.

The Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 (MLAE-2013) has started driving from the Russian polar station at Golomânnyj (N79° 33') on March 1st, where they greeted the border guards. After 37 days they reached the Geographic North Pole on April 6, 2013.

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.

Expedition links:

Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov's website

Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov on Facebook

MLAE-2013 website

MLAE-2013 tracking

MLAE on Facebook

Barneo Ice Camp

Canadian Ice Service

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courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE

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