The robot is equipped with a camera and lighting system that allows operator to view subterranean environments
Robots that assist us in our activities are no longer just the stuff of movies. They are already a reality at Vale, which has developed Brazil’s first dedicated speleological research robot. The equipment, which combines innovation with health and safety features, is capable of inspecting underground locations adjacent to existing mining operations, thus reducing employee exposure to risks. The robot is currently at the test phase and can detect the threat of falling rocks or the presence of animals, for example.
How it works
The robot is equipped with a camera and lighting system that affords a real-time view of the underground environment, enabling the operator to conduct simultaneous inspections or surveys for future access, thereby reducing the risks inherent to speleological activities.
The equipment operates by remote control and has a battery with three-hour autonomy. The robot has a range of up to 200 metres and, in addition to being water-resistant, can overcome obstacles and traverse rough terrain, fundamental for equipment intended for speleological use.