Tunneling Robots Get More Sophisticated

Tunneling Robots Get More Sophisticated

The use of unmanned, remote-controlled machines for use in excavation is nothing new. But as robotics technology improves and new missions arise, these machines are evolving to keep pace. New scions of unmanned backhoes that can perform more intricate tasks - specifically, the ability to either navigate through an existing tunnel or actually dig the tunnel itself - are emerging. While many tunneling robots are still largely in their developmental stages, others have proven their worth in all-too-real scenarios such as mine disasters or building collapses. And perhaps one day, a robot will dig a tunnel through the martian ice and reveal thousands of years' worth of the Red Planet's geological history - including whether life exists or has ever existed there.

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