This new H2020 project aims to develop a novel robotic system formed by three individual robots 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 to gather valuable geological and mineralogical information. This will ultimately open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe’s abandoned mines can be supported with actualised data that cannot be obtained by any other ways, without major costs. The multi-robot platform represents a new technology line only 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 actively coordinating Work Package 8 – Dissemination, technology transfer and exploitation; WP8 is facilitating dissemination of results, awareness raising, and the transfer of technologies between the robotics, technology developers and raw materials communities. Our main 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 research are accessible to a wide range of new users from 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 that can emerge beyond the immediate focus of the project.