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China's self-developed robot walks on Antarctic Ice Sheet

(Science and Technology Daily)

17:07, February 10, 2012

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

China's self-developed robot conducted its first autonomic walk on Antarctic Ice Sheet recently after tests of two months.

The long-voyage and polar-cruising robot completed 30-kilometer autonomic walk in the inland of Antarctica for the first time.

The robot weighs about 500 kilograms and is able to work in the low temperature of 40 degrees centigrade below zero. The orange-colored robot looks like an off-road jeep. Its four wheels are replaced by triangle pedrails to improve its walking ability on ice.

In addition, the robot has a set of autonomic driving system and can realize many functions such as recognition and evaluation on environment, navigation and positioning and automatic driving and so on.

It is reported that the ultimate goal of the robot is to do scientific expedition automatically on Amery Ice Shelf in an area of 60,000 square kilometers.

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