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Inflatable Research Lab Rolls Across the Arctic Tundra

Posted By Severn Clay-Youman On August 23, 2010 @ 6:50 pm In Green Transportation | No Comments

studio les metes, arctic drifter, wind powered transportation, arctic environmental issues [1]

Designed by Studio Les BĂȘtes [2], the Arctic Drifter travels with the prevailing winds of the Arctic Circle, rolling across the landscape gathering images and information about the local environment. When fully inflated, the Drifter presents a 15 m diameter profile, cushioned by Hypalon air-bags (a similar material is used for heavy-duty inflatable boats). Because of its size and buoyancy it will be able to cover almost any flat terrain, including ice, water [3] and small crevasses, and will have the ability to travel even with extreme wind [4]speeds and weather conditions that would otherwise ground most travelers. All that is needed to slow or stop the Drifter is the deflation of an air-bag for additional stability, and the inner roll-cage ensures that the crew capsule is able to remain upright. To exit the capsule, the crew simply needs to deflate a section of air-bags and detach them.

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[2] Studio Les BĂȘtes: http://lesbetes.com/index.php?/

[3] water: http://www.inhabitat.com/water

[4] wind : http://www.inhabitat.com/wind

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