If you want to get around Mactown, you’re going to end up riding in some pretty awesome rigs. Check out the NSF Ford 350 Vans in town sporting monster tires for buoyancy on the roads to keep them from tearing up the sea ice roads. Not a bad way to get to work. They also use a pretty neat little device called a Mico brake. Since factory parking brakes can freeze up and fail, the Antarctic folks use these hydraulic parking brakes. Its just a simple check valve that prevents brake fluid from de-pressurizing once the brake has been been engaged sort of like a line lock on a race car without a solenoid. And look at those cute little trailers.
October 24, 2012
The Device of the Day-Mico Brake