FIRST 1992 CAMPAIGN
SECOND 1992 CAMPAIGN
All copyrights Rudolf Gantenbrink 1999
THE FIRST, "UNNAMED" ROBOT / FATHER OF UPUAUT
The first prototype
was constructed largely of poly-carbonate plastic. The drive system consisted
of 4 serial gears with electric motors, powering two independently controllable
tracks. A conventional, industrial remote-control unit was used to guide
the robot. A Panasonic color video camera was statically mounted, facing
forward. It transmitted images via a specially-constructed "umbilical cord."
The robot's maximum tractive power was approx. 6 kg.
Upuaut-1 was used
solely to explore the upper shafts of Cheops. The robot, actually a camera
sled, had no drive unit – it had to be pulled through the shafts using
a winch system. Its dimensions were reduced to a minimum in order to enable
passage through the narrowest sections of the shafts. A front-mounted "Laser
Rod" enabled exact measurement of the height and width of the shafts, and
of the block joints and gaps.
Upuaut-2 is an original
design - only one model exists. All structural parts are milled from
Seven independent electric motors with specially-designed Swiss precision gears drive the upper and lower wheel / track systems, providing leverage thrust of 20 kg and pulling power of 40 kg (under ideal traction conditions).
Power supply is via
"umbilical cord", a specially manufactured cable only 4.2 mm in diameter.
THE ROPE CLIMBER
This device was developed to carry out two very different tasks:
1) Exact measurement
of the shaft angles, and
The Rope Climber
pulls itself upward through the shaft by grasping Upuaut-2's cable.
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