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More tests for Polar Pod

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More tests for Polar Pod

Science et Environnement

Work continues on the Polar Pod, a brainchild of intrepid French adventurer, scientist, medico and sailor Jean-Louis Etienne. Following concept testing in 2014, a new model of the Polar Pod spar-buoy laboratory recently underwent tank tests in Brittany at a facility operated by French institute of marine research and exploration Ifremer.

The Polar Pod to explore southern waters is often compared with the International Space Station. Whereas the ISS orbits Earth, the Polar Pod will drift around Antarctica driven by the inhospitable region’s strong currents and winds. Drifting at an average speed of 2kph, the lab will record in situ measurement data to improve our understanding of the planet’s main carbon sink.

 

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