The coldest journey: latest update
More from the 2000-mile crossing of Antarctica in CAT bulldozers...
Posted: 23 Apr 2013
Other extras on Rover and Seeker include hydraulically driven generators, which will supply ‘free' electricity to the living and science accommodation cabooses that will be dragged behind while we're driving on the ice. These generators supply 20 kilowatts of power and are of Extec standard for the petrol, oil and gas industries - meaning they're completely sealed and impermeable to any outside particles which may get in and stop them working. There are also heating pads fitted to the engines, transmission and hydraulic tanks, helping to keep the hearts of the Cat D6Ns warm and help start-up, and roof canopies which can be unfurled over the D6Ns at any time to enable repairs to be made in bad weather. Or just to help keep the machines warm in extremely low temperatures... a mobile garage, if you like.
The final preparation of Rover and Seeker took place during September and November 2012, with the Finning team putting in extremely long hours on both machines to get them ready to be shipped down to Antarctica on the SA Agulhas, a special ice-strengthened ship and former polar exploration vessel.