The robot of the future

The multi-robotic platform system that is being developed in UNEXMIN will be formed by three robots – called UX-1 a, UX-1 b and UX-1 c. Each of the robots will carry a defined set of instruments and characteristics.

The instrumentation used by a single UX-1 robot complies the necessary equipment in order to obtain valuable geoscientific and spatial data, while still performing basic activities such as movement and control.

A defined set of subsystems is necessary to work together to guarantee that the robot’s functionalities are able to work under any conditions.

Together, the instruments, subsystems and characteristics of the surveyor, will allow the gathering of valuable data, that cannot be accessed in other way.

Characteristics

  • Maximum operation depth of approximately 500m
  • Spherical shape
  • Diameter of approximately 0.6m
  • Expected weight of 112Kg
  • Power consumption between 150-300W
  • Maximum speed between 1-2Km/h
  • Autonomy up to 5 hours
  • Thrusters power between 2-5Kgf
  • Neutral buoyancy

Instrumentation

  • Water sampler
  • Conductivity and pH measuring units
  • Sub-bottom profiler
  • Magnetic field measuring unit
  • UV and SLS imaging units
  • Multispectral camera
  • Acoustic cameras
  • Laser scanners
  • Thrusters
  • SONARs
  • Pendulum and buoyancy control system
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Protective pressure hull

Subsystems

  • Subsystem Main Component dimensions and weights
  • Perception system
  • Propulsion system
  • Ballast system
  • Pendulum
  • Power supply system
  • Computer