Major research challenges are related to miniaturisation and adaptation of deep sea robotics technology to this new application environment and to the interpretation of geoscientific data.
After component validation and simulations to understand the behavior of the technology components and instruments to application environment, the production and assembly of the first UX-1 robot was finished in April 2018. Since then, the first prototype has been tested at the Kaatiala mine (June 2018) and at the Idrija mine (September 2018).
Work is currently ongoing with the analysis of the data obtained from the test sites. At the same time, the production and assembly of the remaining two robots is ongoing. The platform will be further tested at the Urgeiriça mine in Portugal and at the Ecton mine in the UK. The final test will include the resurveying of the entire flooded section of the Ecton underground mine (UK) that nobody has seen for over 160 years!
- Project starting date: 1 February 2016
- Duration: 45 months
- Budget: EUR 4 862 865
- Output: 3 working prototypes