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Inside the Story: Adventure of a lifetime

(KUTV) A Salt Lake City scientific drilling company is gearing up for an adventure of a lifetime.{ } Their plan is to head to the South Pole to drill through two miles of solid ice.

"Oh man we are very excited!" said Director of Operation for DOSECC Exploration Services Chris Delahunty.{ }{ } "The goal is to be able to drill through the ice and then to take core samples of the bedrock underneath the ice, to better understand the geological makeup of Antarctica and to help in weather studies."

The company is building the ultimate drill that will make that happen. It's called the RAID Drill, which stands for Rapid Access Ice Drill.{ } The machine will be taken to Antartica - the coldest continent on the planet - to drill 10,500 feet through two miles of solid ice.

"It's relatively unknown. It's a white map no one really knows what's down there," said Delahunty.

DOSECC knows drilling. The company has been doing it for 30 years and has drilled in just about every continent in the world in an effort to help scientist better understand the earth's core and weather patterns.

"We've been all over South America, all over Africa, Siberia, Russia, Europe, and Central America," said Delahunty.

Nothing tops the trip they will make to Antarctica in 2017, that's how long it will take to build the drill. Plus they will need to take care of all the preparations, which include the camp that will be set up with five massive containers.{ } Those containers will be placed on large snow skies and pulled by a tractor to get to the site.{ } The drill will then pop up from inside one of the containers with a tent on it so crews can stay warm and out of the elements.

The process is also underway to design the drill bit that will take them through two miles of ice.

"We are looking at a couple of different prototypes that would allow us to try and penetrate and advance through the ice as fast as possible to get down to the bedrock below," said Beau Marshall the operations manager.

The other issues is speed, crews only have a three month time frame because of the weather and the shifting of the ice.

"We are going to have a certain window of time to get down hit the target and then get back out," said Marshall.

The plan is to start drilling in December of 2017.{ } The hole they are drilling will only be about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Overall it will be a five year project where they plan to drill six to eight holes a season.

"The scientific community in Antarctica is trying to key in on a million year old ice sample," said Delahunty.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group.)

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