Personnel Deployment Systems: Managing People in Polar and Outer Space Settings

  • Philip R. Harris
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A recent issue of Canada Today contains a vivid illustration of life in polar settings (Kelly, 1986):

Miners on Little Cornwallis Islands — Since 1981 these Canadians work at the Polaris lead and zinc mines, some 875 miles below the North Pole — one of the northernmost and richest mines in the world. The $150 million investment is expensive because the 200 workers must be protected from loneliness and isolation, as well as the elements. Despite temperatures of 50 below, winds at 70 mph, mining work at 500 feet below the surface, and severe outside travel, there are waiting lists of hundreds to apply for positions from cooks and miners to metallurgists and geologists. This is due, in part, to the very high pay, two week vacation flights every ten weeks on assignment, and luxurious living conditions and food in the residence building which includes basketball courts, pool, saunas, lounges, and jogging tracks.


Space Community Premature Return Space Settlement Space Deployment Overseas Assignment 
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