We work with scientists to support their polar research goals.

 

Our mission is to expand human understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic by giving polar researchers access to high-tech, safe, and efficient observation tools. 

 

 
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Frosty Boy

Developed by Polar Research Equipment to operate on hard or soft surfaces, Frosty Boy has extremely low ground pressure, well below even a human on skis. An articulated front axle maintains traction during turns, and allows for some adaptability on uneven terrain. FrostyBoy was used in the successful recovery of engine components from Air France flight 66.

 

Why Robots?

Safety

Robots, which have low ground pressure, make scientific study in crevassed areas possible without risk of losing machinery or human life. Robots also eliminate the risk of fatigue-induced operator errors.

Efficiency

Robots are the ideal vehicle for surveying large areas economically. They can cover vast landscapes quickly and with very few resources (fuel) compared to current available methods. 

Access

Without the terrain risks and challenges faced by humans and current snow travel technology, robots can now travel to parts of the Arctic and Antarctic that were previously inaccessible.

Flexibility

Custom configurations and towing capability mean that robots are incredibly flexible observational tools. Instruments ranging from ground penetrating radar to atmospheric sensors are easily introduced to the system.


By the Numbers

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Unmanned, autonomous polar observation expands horizons.

 

Whether it's looking for meteorites, revealing the history of Antarctica, or mapping stress fields to understand glacial flow, Polar Research Equipment is here to provide unique solutions to polar observation challenges.