This new H2020 project aims to develop a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded underground mines. The Robotic Explorer (UX-1) will use non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine-mapping for gathering valuable geological and mineralogical information. This will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe’s abandoned mines can be supported by actualised data which cannot be obtained by any other ways. The Multi-robot Platform represents a new technology made possible by recent developments in autonomy research which have enabled the development of a completely new class of mine-explorer robots capable of operating without remote control. UX-1 will be the first of its kind!
Our role in the project
La Palma Research Centre is coordinating Work Package 8 – Dissemination, technology transfer and exploitation; WP8 will facilitate dissemination, awareness raising, and the transfer of technologies. Our goal is to ensure the diffusion of information regarding the interim and final results, as well as to make sure that the most recent scientific and technological developments in autonomy and robotics are accessible to a wide range of new users from within the minerals community, who can then exploit the technology into new products, applications, and services. An equally important goal is to promote the further development of the proposed new technology line, so that new technologies and services can emerge beyond the immediate focus of the project.
Please visit the project website www.unexmin.eu or contact our UNEXMIN Project Manager Luis Lopes at email@example.com.