An all-terrain vehicle made from plastic bottles go to conquer AntarcticaOctober 9, 2018
An all-terrain vehicle with solar batteries built by the Foundation Clean2Antarctica
In less than 50 days, the Dutch Edwin and Linsbeth ter Velde will go on an Antarctic expedition on the Solar Voyager off-road vehicle, built with the support of Clean2Antarctica foundation partners. On an all-terrain vehicle with a body of recycled plastic and a power plant powered by solar panels, they will travel 2,400 kilometers.
The basis for the Solar Voyager bodywork was 4000 HexCores hexagons. They were printed on a 3D printer, the filament for which was obtained from pre-shredded plastic bottles. The all-terrain vehicle with two trailers, with a total length of 16 meters, was equipped with ten double-sided solar panels and six vacuum tubes for kindling snow.
The total mass of the Solar Voyager is 1485 kilograms, and the maximum speed does not exceed eight kilometers per hour. The Arctic all-terrain vehicle is equipped with low-pressure wheels with a reinforcement in the form of a metal grid, as well as a heat-saving glazing. In trailers there is a stock of food for 47 days.
Hiber LPGAN network is designed for the “Internet of Things”. It consists of a patented low-power modem and its own network of low-orbit satellites. The first satellite is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The expedition starts from the camp on the Union glacier. To overcome the route to the South Pole and back Edwin and Linsbet plan for 30 days. To communicate with the command center, travelers will use the world’s first energy-efficient satellite LPGAN network (Low Power Global Area Network), deployed by the Dutch company Hiber. It will also track the location of the all-terrain vehicle.