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ARKeX gravity gradiometer test facility at Cambridge Airport

Friday, June 22, 2012

UK gravity gradiometry survey company ARKeX has opened an exploration gravity gradiometry flight test facility at Cambridge Airport, UK.

It will move one of its two exploration gravity gradiometers to the facility, to begin airborne and remote site trials.

The gradiometers can be used by oil and gas companies to survey subsurface geology.

The unit operates at 4 degrees above absolute zero (-269 degrees C), where electricity can flow without resistance (superconductor). This allows greater sensitivity and stability for the unit. It is "an order of magnitude" more sensitive than current instruments, ARKeX says.

'Providing the engineering team easy access to aircraft and airport facilities will allow for a natural acceleration of the program', says John Siegfried. ARKeX Chief Executive,

'With a dedicated facility we will be able to step up the pace of operational development and commercialisation of the EGG.'



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