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Tractors Go to the Ends of the Earth

Apr 02, 2009
It’s -58ºF, but there’s a load to deliver. For the past six years the National Science Foundation (NSF) has put Challenger tractors to the test in Antarctica.
The first project was a feasibility study to transition cargo movement from air to ground transport. In the project, supplies were moved from a field station on the coastal edge to a station located in the center of the continent. The Challenger Model 95 used tallied more than 2,056 miles and delivered nearly 110 tons of cargo.
This past year, the Challenger MT865B models currently tracking across the south pole delivered to the the Amundsen-Scott station, which was dedicated in January 2008. The ice this research station sit on is more than two miles thick–talk about a compaction layer!
To learn more about how 30 Challenger MT800 Series tractors have been used in this arctic environment, read the latest issue of Challenger Revolution magazine.  
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