Arctic Buoy

 

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Arctic Buoy

The V-shaped object on the left is a “buoy”. Instead of floating in the water, it is plugged into a six foot hole in the arctic ice. Twenty-three of these buoys were deployed in the arctic for nine months. They used and ARGOS transmitter to report their GPS position every hour.

  • Challenge: Operate at -40 C for nine months.
  • Surprise: Polar bears and arctic foxes eat antennas.