Following in the footsteps of Howard Carter and Abbot and Costello, a specialized robot will penetrate deeper into the Great Pyramid of Giza than ever before. The robot, part of a years long exploration called the Djedi Project, will explore a shaft inaccessible to a previous robot, unlocking a room that has remain sealed for 4,500 years.
The robot will travel down a shaft located in the tomb of the Queen. Unlike the King’s tomb, where shafts lead to the outside of the Great Pyramid so his soul could escape into the afterlife, the shafts leading from the Queen’s tomb borrow deeper into the pyramid.
This is the third time a robot has tried to find the end of the Queen’s tomb shaft. The first expedition found that a giant stone door blocked the tunnel, and the second robot discovered another door behind that one. With it’s microbot and drill, the Leeds University researchers designed this new robot specifically to breach those obstacles.