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IceMole : Development of a novel subsurface ice probe and testing of the first prototype on the Morteratsch Glacier

  • We present the novel concept of a combined drilling and melting probe for subsurface ice research. This probe, named “IceMole”, is currently developed, built, and tested at the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences’ Astronautical Laboratory. Here, we describe its first prototype design and report the results of its field tests on the Swiss Morteratsch glacier. Although the IceMole design is currently adapted to terrestrial glaciers and ice shields, it may later be modified for the subsurface in-situ investigation of extraterrestrial ice, e.g., on Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. If life exists on those bodies, it may be present in the ice (as life can also be found in the deep ice of Earth).

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Author:Bernd DachwaldORCiD, Changsheng Xu, Marco Feldmann, Engelbert Plescher
Parent Title (English):EGU General Assembly 2011 Vienna | Austria | 03 – 08 April 2011
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2011
Date of the Publication (Server):2022/07/13
Link: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2011/EGU2011-4943.pdf
Link: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjZ0sD6kvP4AhWO16QKHaOoAwcQFnoECAIQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpresentations.copernicus.org%2FEGU2011%2FEGU2011-4943_presentation.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1vGYvtFRKOb0PtUXEkCUEp
Institutes:FH Aachen / Fachbereich Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik
FH Aachen / IfB - Institut für Bioengineering