Development of an inspection robot for gas distribution mains: a Mars-mission underground

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    The PIRATE project is aimed to design an energy efficient robot system, capable of autonomous navigation in low-pressure gas distribution network. A prototype of the robot structure is currently being evaluated. The prototype is able to move trough pipes of various diameters, and sharp corners can be taken (semi) autonomously. Because of the harsh conditions (temperature, gas, dust), the complex network structure and the lack of communication (no long-range transmission underground) and hence the necessary autonomy for the robot, this project can be compared to a Mars-mission underground.
    Original languageUndefined
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2010
    Event2nd Gerg Academic Network Event 2010 - Brussels, Belgium
    Duration: 3 Jun 20104 Jun 2010


    Workshop2nd Gerg Academic Network Event 2010
    Other3-4 June 2010


    • EWI-20752
    • IR-80852

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