The UX robot-based exploration technology for underground flooded environments
Credit: UNEXMIN GeoRobotics Ltd. (UGR)

The UX-1, built during the UNEXMIN project, is being improved by the UNEXUP technology developers, who will address its limitations and further develop its hardware, software and capabilities in 2020.

Current characteristics:

  • Maximum operation depth: 500m
  • Spherical shape
  • Diameter: 0.6m
  • Weight: 112Kg
  • Power consumption: 250-400W
  • Maximum speed: 1-2Km/h
  • Thrusters power: 2-5Kgf
  • Neutral buoyancy

The robot will be equipped with additional extensions that will broaden the exploration capabilities of the UNEXUP technology. It will be ready in 2021, with further improvements in 2022.

Some of the goals of the technology developers:

  • Greater depths ~1500m
  • Rock sampler
  • Additional scientific payload
  • More challenging missions!