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Recent developments

Recent developments

The British Ice Challenger exploration team used a screw drive in their Snowbird 6 vehicle (a modified Bombardier tracked craft) to traverse the ice floes in the Bering Strait. The rotating cylinders allowed Snowbird 6 to move over ice and to propel itself through water, but the screw system was not considered suitable for long distances, and the cylinders could be raised so that the vehicle could also run on conventional caterpillar tracks. The Ice Challenger website says that the design was inspired by a Russian vehicle used to pick up cosmonauts who landed in Siberia (perhaps the ZIL-2906).

Russian inventor Alexey Burdin has come up with a screw-propulsion system “TESH-drive Transformable worms”.

More recently, commensurate with the ever increasing demand for commodities whilst refinery operational footprints remain within set boundaries, mud farming with the larger machines with deep profile penetration capacity (termed MudMasters by their manufacturer) has proven to be an efficient method for high intensity tailings management.

Popular culture

A screw driven vehicle has been produced as a toy by Mattel.
In the video game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, a screw drive powers the fictional vehicle Shagohod.
In the intro of the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, the (fictional) soviet amphibious transports are using screw drives for movement.
The first DLC for the videogame Fallout 3, Operation: Anchorage, features Chimera Tanks that uses screw drives as a means of movement.