Portugal – May 2021
The first pilot was organized at Urgeiriça mine in Portugal. The local organizers were experts from Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, S.A (EDM) and from INESC TEC. The tests were divided into three sets of testing, the first test was on the 4th and 5th of May, the second on the 11th and 12th of May, and the third test was on the 26th and 27th. Between the field tests, the robot was in INESC TEC’s lab in Porto for further calibration and tests in the pool.
Urgeiriça’s mission objectives were to test the UX1-Neo in a deep underground mine with accessible entrances to various levels of the mine. This trial was the first test of the UX-1Neo in a real environment. The tests were successful, and the bottom of the shaft was reached already during the third dive. Moreover, a new operator was trained during one of the dives
Urgeiriça field mission was the first mission in a real mine environment with the UX1-Neo robot. The main objective of the mission was to test all the software and hardware components of the robot. Eight dives were performed, and already during the third dive the UX1-Neo reached the bottom of the Santa Barbara
shaft at 185m.