Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Research article
09 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 09 Mar 2023

Progress of the RADIX (Rapid Access Drilling and Ice eXtraction) fast-access drilling system

Jakob Schwander, Thomas F. Stocker, Remo Walther, and Samuel Marending

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RADIX (Rapid Access Drilling and Ice eXtraction) is a fast-access ice-drilling system for prospecting future deep-drilling sites on glaciers and polar ice sheets. It consists of a 40 mm rapid firn drill, a 20 mm deep drill and a logger. The maximum depth range of RADIX is 3100 m by design. The nominal drilling speed is on the order of 40 m h-1. The 15 mm diameter logger provides data on the hole inclination and direction and measures temperature and dust in the ice surrounding the borehole.