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Ice-resistant North Pole platform’s first arctic voyage scheduled for 2022 – Science & Space


ST. PETERSBURG, October 15. / TASS /. The Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI, St. Petersburg) has scheduled the first trip of the North Pole ice-resistant self-propelled platform for 2022, the director of the North Pole told TASS on Thursday. institute, Alexander Makarov.

Alexander Buzakov, general manager of the Admiralty Shipyards, where the platform is being built, said earlier that the act of accepting the platform could be signed on July 1, 2022. “I went to the shipyard today, work continues, and if all goes well on July 1, the first trip would be in 2022, he said.

Scientists are currently working on the study program aboard the platform, according to the director of AARI. When the program is ready, hopefully by the end of 2021, the institute will discuss joint work on the platform with foreign scientists.

In July, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that the government would allocate more than one billion rubles ($ 13.6 million) for the construction and testing of the North Pole.

Earlier, the AARI press service told TASS that the platform would be able to travel to intended destinations without an icebreaker and drift in the Arctic Ocean for up to two years, then return to the port without icebreakers. The platform is 83 meters long, its width is approximately 22 meters, and it is over 11 meters high. One of the bridges will have a runway for the Mil Mi-8 and Mi-38 helicopters.

The ice-resistant platform will host 15 scientific laboratories on board, which cover a comprehensive range of the Arctic natural environment: ionospheric observations, geological, chemical and environmental studies, studies of ice loads and ice destruction mechanics, acoustic tomography studies of the Arctic Basin, studies of the planetary boundary layer and the free atmosphere, magnetic and gravitational studies, and much more.