The Moon Regan Transantarctic expedition will rely on the Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle to lead the Science Support Vehicles – carrying the team and research equipment – safely across Antarctica.
Professor Winston Wong is a Taiwanese business leader and a physics alumnus of Imperial College London. Professor Wong is a generous donor to Imperial College, where a new centre for bio-inspired technology, which opened in 2009, bears his name.
Researchers at the Winston Wong Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology are inventing, developing and demonstrating devices to meet global challenges in healthcare and well-being, by mimicking living systems effectively and efficiently to create innovative and advanced technologies.
THE WINSTON WONG BIO-INSPIRED ICE VEHICLE (BIV)
The Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle is the lead vehicle of the Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition. The BIV is an agile route-finder - with a single driver - for the two Science Support Vehicles (SSVs) which carry the other ten members of the Expedition and act as mobile laboratories for the Expedition.
The BIV is light, bio-fuelled and engineered to counter anything that the coldest, driest, windiest place on Earth can throw at it.
Commissioned by Expedition founders Andrew Regan and Andrew Moon, the BIV bears the name of the Expedition sponsor, Professor Winston Wong, leading Taiwanese businessman and alumnus and generous donor to Imperial College London, the Expedition’s science partner.