The Moon Regan Transantarctic expedition will travel from the west coast of Antarctica at Patriot Hills, to the South Pole, retracing the steps of the famous Fuchs and Hillary crossing, and then head north to McMurdo through the Trans-Antarctic Mountain Range. The expedition is expected to spend some 40 days on the ice and travel some 3,600 miles.
The expedition team will travel in three vehicles. The Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle (BIV) will lead the way. Bio-fuelled, the BIV is an agile route-finder.. Two 6-wheeled Science Support Vehicles will operate as mobile laboratories and carry the team and the state-of-the-art monitoring equipment from Imperial College London.
It is almost 100 years since Norwegian Amundsen stood at the South Pole, just beating Scott’s ill-fated expedition. The fascination and challenge of crossing earth’s coldest, windiest and driest continent continues. The expedition will travel in the spirit of sheer adventure and human challenge, but is committed to raising environmental awareness and facilitating the gathering of new knowledge.
All the monitoring and measurement which the expedition will undertake has been developed or inspired by experts at Imperial College London. Engineers at the College will also help prepare and fine-tune the Ice Vehicle for its biggest challenge. A number of engineers, scientists and researchers are involved; many are leading the world’s thinking on bio-inspired technology.
“Working with leading bio-inspired scientists at Imperial College London has enabled the Moon Regan expedition team to realise a long-held dream. We’re very proud to be helping one of the world’s premier scientific institutions to monitor, measure and learn in the most remote and challenging of environments.” Andrew Regan
TIMELINE FOR THE EXPEDITION
16 November - Expedition departs from Patriot Hills
21 November - Arrival at Geographic South Pole
23 November - Depart Geographic South Pole
30 November - Arrive McMurdo
3 December - Begin return journey
10 December - Arrive at Geographic South Pole
11 December - Depart Geographic South Pole
15 December - Arrive at Patriot Hills
17 December - Team flies off the ice
Antarctica can be one of the most hostile environments on earth, with caustic winds and ultra low temperatures in an utterly inert wilderness.
The expedition aims to cross the entire continent of Antarctica - and back - using wheeled vehicles. There are four objectives: Aims of the Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition 2010 • To complete a successful, safe crossing of the Antarctic, from Union Glacier to McMurdo via the Geographic South Pole • To see the Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle at the South Pole - this is the first attempt to reach the South Pole by a bio-fuelled vehicle – and to prove the reliability of ground vehicles in this terrain • To bring back significant data for Imperial College London, the Expedition’s science partner • To share and disseminate the scientific outcomes of the Expedition, in partnership with Professor Winston Wong