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Panasonic aids famed explorer in Antarctic challenge

Panasonic has been named the official technological partner for Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ ecological survey of Antarctica, ‘The Coldest Journey’. The expedition launched on 6 December from London, on the ship SA Agulhas, and is expected to take two years to complete.

The Japanese firm is supplying a mix of professional broadcast, Toughbooks and consumer imaging equipment, all of which boast proven durability in harsh climes from shooting BBC documentary series ‘The Frozen Planet’.

The equipment provided includes AG-HPX250 - P2 HD professional broadcast cameras, DMC-GH2, DMC-FT4 Lumix cameras and HC-X900 camcorders. The expedition will also utilise the CF-53 Toughbook mobile PC which features an Iridium sat-link, a component that is integral for communication and the collation of data from scientific experiments.

“Our Broadcast P2 camera equipment and Toughbook PCs, have a reputation of reliability to work in extreme conditions. Our customers often use Panasonic equipment beyond the temperature specifications that we guarantee,” said Nigel Wilkes, Panasonic’s group manager for Europe.

The journey will see Sir Fiennes’ Ice Team traverse 2,000 miles of frozen terrain, in temperatures approaching -90 degrees centigrade, while in complete darkness.

“This is a unique opportunity to carry out a number of scientific tasks in the extreme polar environment, which will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the true effects of global warming on the Antarctic continent,” explained Sir Ranulph, OBE.