The New Design
The new station consists of eight individual modules, connected together to form a long, train-like structure. Seven of the modules are of a standard design containing sleeping, support, energy generation and science facilities. The living area, dining room, gym and kitchen are housed in a larger double-height central module.
|Computer generated image of the new station.|
The station’s aerodynamic modules and long, thin shape help minimise the accumulation of snow around the buildings. Each module is held above the snow surface on legs which can be raised and lowered using hydraulic rams. Once a year snow will be bulldozed beneath the legs and the whole structure will be raised, preventing the station from being buried by snow accumulation.
Animation of the leg jacking process.
As well as moving vertically, Halley VI is the first Antarctic research station designed to be fully relocatable. The legs are mounted on large skis and the modules are connected using flexible connections, similar to those found on train carriages. This allows the individual modules to be towed by bulldozers, over distances of many kilometres.
|The modules can be towed by one or two bulldozers.|