Engineering and Technology teams

British Antarctic Survey’s Engineering and Technology Teams are a small groups of engineers dedicated to the technical development and support of science in the Antarctic.

Our responsibilities are wide ranging, covering the design and building of new equipment, installation, support and operation of equipment in the field.

Our workplace varies from Cambridge to Antarctica and all points in between, on board our ships and aircraft, an Antarctic research station, or in a pyramid tent somewhere on the Antarctic continent. Modern science research inevitably relies heavily on technology to achieve it’s objectives. Hostile environments such as the polar regions, where reliability of the equipment is paramount, place significant demands on equipment that are unparallelled anywhere else on the planet. It follows that the demands and constraints with regard to the application of engineering technology are significant.


Drilling projects set to break new ground

29 April, 2020

Two new research projects – in partnership with British Antarctic Survey engineers –  will drill deeper than ever before in Antarctica and in space. The first project, called INCISED, is …

Engineers automate science from remote Antarctic station

25 June, 2019

A remote and unoccupied research station in Antarctica has, for the first time, collected important scientific measurements of climate, ozone and space weather thanks to ground-breaking technology developed by British …

NEWS STORY: New polar ship bidder selected

12 October, 2015

Government announces preferred bidder to build new polar ship Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson announced today that the preferred bidder to build a new polar research …

NEWS STORY: Design award for Halley VI

16 May, 2014

Halley VI honoured for outstanding design and construction It’s been quite a week for Halley VI, picking up numerous Architizer A+ awards in New York and winning two more at …

PRESS RELEASE: Challenging mission accomplished

16 January, 2012

Engineering team completes ambitious Antarctic expedition in the ‘deep-field’ A team of four British Antarctic Survey (BAS) engineers has returned to the UK after completing a gruelling journey to one …