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6x6 Ground Research and Drill Vehicle . . This is one of the most sophisticated Ground Research and Drill Vehicles (GRDV), used for ground research in very different kinds of terrain. With its multiple drillheads and tools it takes part in expeditions all across our planet. It is a one-off vehcile, known for its great versatility and equipment that accounts for very precise measurements, that can help scientists in their geological, biological and geografical researches. For the front of the GRDV, the designers were inspired by the mammoth. The link with research and geolocigal challenges is obvious. So is it's comparison with the animal! The cabin provides space for the driver and a co-driver, in most cases the main researcher (at the time the picture was taken he probably was very busy preparing his research). Top view with all tools stashed and doors closed: Top view with all doors opened: Don't we all have a mascotte of some kind? Communication with research centers and sattelites is crucial in providing reliable data. The GRDV has a series of foldable antennas: In the back of the GDRV the control center is located, operated by an experienced engineer: In the back of the control center, the three drill-operating wheels are located: Around the vehicle, multiple tools and utilities are mounted, amongst which a ladder on the right side: Also, a fixed ladder system is mounted on the left side of the GRDV and provides access to the roof. For use in the dark a rung light is mounted: On the right side of the vehcile, some of the drills can be operated by a second engineer: Of course, all tools and equipment are stashed behind locked doors: This specific piece of equipment is a metereological measurement device (MMD), that amongst other factors measures wind, temperature, sun angle and humidity. Another view of the drill operating system: On the roof, three drill heads are mounted, as is the spare wheel: Lots of tools and a glimpse of the two flexible drilling connections (FDC)... One of these connections is used in the first action picture below. Every GRDV has its own water system, with purged water ready for use in research, to clean tools or just to drink: Safety is an important aspect of quality research. Hence, the GRDV is equipped with a signaling system that can screen the research or drilling area from traffic... or scare polar bears! On the outer side of the vehcile, an emergency phone is mounted: It is utterly important that the Ground Research and Drilling Vehicle operates smoothly in difficult conditions, so regular maintenance is necessary. Therefore, the engine and driving parts are easliy accessible: And the engine itself is located between the rear wheels: The engine as seen from beneath the vehicle: Above the rear axle, between the rear wheels, a porthole is located, to simplify maintenance work: If necessary, the engine can be dismounted as a whole, leaving the gearbox in the vehicle - and also easily accessible: In the center of the vehicle, the main drill is located: Time for some action! Here, the flexible hand drill is connected to an FDC and used to explore the surface: When the right spot is located, each of the guys knows his job and smoothly they go about preparing for drilling. Hope you liked my imagination! Feel free to comment...


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