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Robots Return to the Great Pyramid

Posted 14 Oct 2005 at 16:17 UTC by steve Share This

According an Independent Online article, chief Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass will be using a robot designed by the University of Singapore to ascend a narrow shaft within the Great Pyramid. It is hoped the robot will solve the 4,500 year old mystery of whether or not "a secret burial chamber contains the real tomb of pharaoh Cheops". You may remember our reports in August and September of 2002 on the American robot that crawled 200ft up the shaft only to find its way blocked by a stone slab. This time, the robot is preprared to drill its way through the rock. Other robots explored the pyramid as far back as 1992. The new robot is part of the Tomb Trekker project and includes a micro robotic arm for sampling and handling tasks. A few details are available in a University of Singapore document (PDF format).

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