UNEXMIN is one of the EU’s Horizon 2020 projects on the research and innovation programme. During the project lifetime, a novel robotic system will be developed for autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s innacessible and flooded mines. The Robotic Explorer, UX-1, will gather valuable geological and mineralogical information by using non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine mapping. The partners will have to overcome research challenges such as miniaturisation and adaption to deep sea technology, for such specific robotic application.
UX-1 will be launched in real life conditions, in a total of four sites, such as Ecton Mine, which is the most ambitious demonstration. Its harsh mine conditions made it innacessible for the last 150 years.
The Multi-robot Platform will represent a new technology line that is made possible by recent developments in autonomy research that allows the development of a completely new class of mine explorer service robots, capable of operating without remote control – such robots do not exist nowadays.
UX-1 will be the first of its kind!