Winter 1997 Expedition
From December 29, 1997 to January 22, 1998, eight members of the Robotic
Antarctic Meteorite Search team visited the Patriot
Hills region. The purpose of the expedition was to provide site evaluation,
perform component technology tests and data collection, gain field experience,
and search the area for meteorites.
The robotics agenda for this expedition involved experiments that will
help evaluate technologies to be used on robots that will work in Antarctica
and other high latitude regions in search for meteorites.
The technologies of interest were: communications, power, satellite
based positioning, sky/sun based positioning, visual sensing, radar sensing,
and spectrometry. The Experimental Results
section describes the results of these investigations.
For details of the lessons learned, click here.
For tips on meteorite searching, click
Here are some overhead photos of the Patriot Hills / Nomad Valley / Independence
Hills region taken by plane:
And here are some pictures of the expedition site and nearby areas:
photo of the entire region. From left: the Independence Hills, the so called
"Nomad Valley" where many operations will occur, and the Patriot Hills
Finally, some images of the science done on the expedition:
Hills main ice field and hills in the background
closer view of the Patriot Hills
Hills as seen from "Nomad Valley."
for setting up instruments and processing data
deployment of the spectrometer equipment
for meteorites on foot
at the ANI dining tent
quarters and generator shack
showcased on this expedition
calibration target and a meteorite sample in the foreground
Robotic Search for Antarctic Meteorites 1998
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