The idea of specialised transport vehicles is particularly attractive for hostile environments. Destined to brave the burning desert, the Muadib could offer a highly original new approach.
Project Muadib was dreamed up of by Quebecian inventor Charles Bombardier and Boris Schwarzer, an American who is currently a contracted designer for Ford Motor Company. The basic idea is to allow a group of tourists to holiday for several days in the desert, sheltered from hazardous conditions.
Muadib gets its name from a desert mouse called Muad’Dib, appearing in the novel Dune (1965) by American author Frank Herbert. In this book, we read about several astonishing environments, including deserts and other arid zones which cannot be experienced up close by humans, due to their hostile conditions.
Muadib is intended to offer a large group of tourists the opportunity to brave the desert, using caterpillar tracks that can adapt to the eternally changing consistency of the desert sand. These caterpillar tracks, propelled by gas turbine motors, are wide enough to support the weight of the engine and to prevent the vehicle from becoming stuck in the sand.
The shell, which is resistant to the effects of the sand, can also be furnished with solar panels, in order to fuel the power grid. Above the main deck, a type of canopy which is also sand-resistant would be installed, in order to offer shade to the tourists and protect them from sandstorms.
The temperature in the desert can reach over 50°C and the Muadib needs to regulate its internal temperature. This is why the inventors came up with an on-board cooling system. The swimming pools on board would not in fact be heated, but cooled, while an air conditioning system would circulate cool air.
The Muadib is also intended to include an indoor garden, which would help regulate air humidity and provide food. The engine looks like a cruise ship, and would include a platform to allow tourists to admire the night sky, as well as an observation point for observing the desert landscape.
Recreational vehicles would be stored in a garage at the back of the Muadib, in order to offer trips to the outside world. There would also be sand-resistant drones and helicopters, to allow for exploration of more remote areas, aiming to possibly find an oasis, for example.
Still in the design phase, this project could open doors for tourism in difficult-to-access areas and environments that are generally hostile for humans.