Extreme Driving Comfort

Hardy explorers of Antarctica may soon travel in stylish and warm comfort thanks to a design concept by James Moon working with the British Antarctic Survey. “Ninety Degrees South” is a concept vehicle designed to seat two people while providing protection from the elements. Outfitted with both wheels and tracks, the vehicle would theoretically be capable of traversing the dangerous terrains of Antarctica. The path ahead would be canvassed by a pathfinder vehicle attached to the main unit by an umbilical cord. The pathfinder is equipped with ground-penetrating radar to look for crevasses in the ice and other hazards.

Moon, a student at the Royal College of Art, developed his concept based on expert advice from the British Antarctic Survey regarding specific environmental requirements of such a vehicle and other factors, such as how the vehicle would be transported to Antarctic. The images made available are concept art. “Ninety Degrees South” has not been built nor is it in active production, but the concept could lead to new generation of vehicles built for extreme environments.

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Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).