We work with scientists to support their polar research goals.


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



Cool Robot

Cool Robot was developed in the Polar Regions Robotics lab at Dartmouth College. It consists of a rigid chassis with four electric motors powering four wheels. The robot is covered in a solar panel superstructure that provides power for movement and instrumentation. Cool Robot is best suited to towing lighter instruments of hard, even surfaces.

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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.



The second robot developed by the Polar Regions Robotics lab at Dartmouth College. It has four wheels and four motors mounted to a chassis with a single central articulation. This articulation allows it to better maintain ground contact and traverse sastrugi. Yeti is best suited to towing mid weight instruments over hard, uneven surfaces.

Why Robots?


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.


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. 


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.


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.