For Saunders and L'Herpiniere, the mystique of the Scott Expedition is in hewing as close to the specifics of Scott's original Terra Nova Expedition as possible. When it comes to technology though, they've gone decidedly in the other direction. The duo is outfitted with a cleverly modified (and powerful) satellite antenna, as well two state-of-the-art, ruggedized laptops – the combination of which will link them back to the world outside of Antarctica. "We've been working with Intel, who are one of the partners, to fine-tune the technology. We're limited to Iridium, which is a satellite phone network that covers both poles, and it has really tiny bandwith. So trying to figure out how to send data back has been a real challenge," Saunders says.
The hard work was worth it though, because the team will now provide the outside world with an inside look at the progress of their mission. "We have a highly modified satellite antenna, and then we have two Ultrabooks that we'll use every evening to send back not only text – little blog posts, diary entries for each day – but also images, and hopefully video once a week, probably," Saunders says.
While the technological leap taken by the Scott Expedition team might take a little bit away from the authenticity of following in Scott's steps, the reward of being connected outweighs that small sacrifice in the mind of Saunders. "Unlike Scott, we're a pretty high-tech expedition," he admits. "But I love the fact that this time we can tell the story in real time. People can follow along, they can interact, they can ask us questions. So I'm really excited about that."