In March 2011, I was invited by Sir Robert Swan, OBE, to be part of the 2011 E-Base Mission. The E-Base is located on the edge of the Russian Bellingshausen base in King George Island, Antarctica.
My duties included:
- Be the primary point of contact between the Chilean and Russian bases for the activities of the team.
- Assist and document the upgrades made by a team of 5 engineers from CLP Holdings Inc.
- Installation of a new wind turbine
- Installation of a new weather station with no moving parts
- Automation of data relay system through new SIMcard modem from Antarctica to Hong Kong
- Servicing of battery array
- Testing of new water heating and water boiling prototypes.
- Create educational podcasts for use in Elementary and Secondary schools (K12).
- Create educational podcasts for use in Higher Education.
- Provide updates to the @IAE11 twitter account and upload photos of the daily activities of the team.
- Engage with schools and coordinate video/audio calls via Skype.
- Two calls in Australia
- Seven calls in the United States of America
- Three calls in the United Kingdom
As part of the media outreach, I collaborated with future.ly to have the 2041 E-Base listed as the first innovation hotspot in their new Innovation Directory. Further, in this collaboration, a video of Sir Robert Swan was recorded in the E-Base for the promotion of future.ly and this video was displayed in their homepage during the launch week.
You can see the video here: