The Unexplored Antarctic expedition will be reaching icy climes humankind has never set eyes on before. December 1 will see the launch of this Spanish expedition that sets out with a series of goals in mind. Two of the main ones are to check how Europe’s satellite navigation system Galileo works and to use a totally ecofriendly vehicle during the whole voyage. Read on to find out more about this intrepid voyage.
A project that also targets the stars
For 50 days the Trineo Viento (wind-sled) will be plying the inhospitable environments of the East Antarctic Shield. The sled is driven solely by renewable energy sources, thereby obtaining the power it needs to conduct a wide range of science experiments.
It is scheduled to cover a 2000-kilometer run in a triangular there-and-back route. The sled will be harnessing the local wind to travel over the ice, using an array of twenty kites measuring between five and 150 square meters and flying at to a height of up to 200 meters. To generate the power it needs, it will tap into the 24-hour sunlight laid on by the southern summer in these latitudes.
The four crew members will be receiving no outside aid whatsoever, relying on their own skills and confidence in the renewable energy sources at -60 ºC. Under these harsh conditions they will be testing the mettle of the Galileo navigation system, supported by GMV’s expertise in this space project. They are carrying a Galileo signal recorder made by GMV to ensure no data is lost and to be able to analyze Galileo’s capabilities in depth.
Experiments for traveling to Mars
Setting foot on other worlds has always been the dream of countless masters of science fiction, and the red planet itself is the coveted goal both of private firms and public space organizations. Trineo Viento is fitted with various sensors designed to work on Mars. The purpose of these devices is to check for the presence of extremophiles, i.e., living beings that flourish in hostile environments like the Antarctic itself.
This expedition thus brings the frozen continent and Mars closer together, albeit only by way of science. Just maybe Trineo Viento’s instruments today will be those that discover the first forms of life outside Earth tomorrow. This would be one of the most important events in the whole of human history and a good reason for traveling to Mars. What could be more thrilling?
In quest of the unknown
The Unexplored Antarctic expedition will explore the frozen continent for 50 days, serving to demonstrate, among other things, the power of renewable energy sources. Diverse instruments to be taken to Mars will also be tested as well as the Galileo system itself, to check it works smoothly. GMV will be inputting its ingenious solutions to this expedition. Contact us!
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