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Sebastian Jones

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Antarctic Expeditions
« on: November 03, 2018, 12:44:16 AM »
A Dutch couple are about (Nov 28th 2018) to embark on a trip to the South Pole in a 3D printed vehicle powered entirely by solar panels. It is not clear why they did not try a shake down cruise in a more hospitable environment such as the Sahara Desert...

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Re: Antarctic Expeditions
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 03:26:20 PM »
Link:
https://www.clean2antarctica.nl/en/explore/lets-do-something-crazy

Quite right - cant see any sign of testing etc - they Liesbeth and Edwin ter Velde. should be there now in the Solar Voyager.

Have signed up so may get some updates......


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Re: Antarctic Expeditions
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 01:36:42 PM »
Not sure of progress - after a storm delay they have got moving again - this posted on Facebook 6 hrs ago (ca. 6am GMT 12/12/18).


Will we make it to the South Pole in time? After being held up by the weather, the sun has been shining on the plateau. We've started moving again, although we're far behind our schedule. We're trying and it could still be possible, but whether we make it to the pole or not doesn't really matter, because look where we're driving! We've already made it.
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Re: Antarctic Expeditions
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 05:18:35 PM »
According to the BBC:

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A former Royal Marine who has completed a 745-mile (1,200km) solo trek to the South Pole has described the conditions as "absolutely horrendous".

Baz Gray, 45, from Buckland Monochorum, Devon, said unusually heavy snow had made the middle section the toughest period of his life.

He had to eat 10,000 calories each day, covering an average of 19 miles (31km) while dragging an 85kg (187lbs) sled.

Mr Gray arrived at the South Pole at 19:00 GMT on Sunday after 39 days.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-46780829

No 3D printing necessary, but Baz did fly rather than walk away from the South Pole!

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The expedition was a practice run for a record-attempting solo trip across the whole of Antarctica planned for 2019.
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