Chinese researchers recently deployed several robots to its Qinghai-Tibetan plateau and Antarctica, to test their capacity to work under inclement weather and geological conditions.
During the period of carrying out a national-level research project led by the Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, specially designed robots were adopted to assist environmental science work on glaciers and permafrost.
The Qinghai-Tibetan plateau is in the country’s west, with an average altitude of over 4 km and a vast expanse of permafrost.
Under the auspices of the program, researchers came up with six types of scientific research robots in two categories, namely, in-station and out-station.
They undertook 12 missions and implemented 20 research applications in five locations, including Tibet, Qinghai, and Antarctica, to test the limits of the robots.
Researcher also worked on the configuration design of the robots to adapt them to high-altitude climate and terrain.
For instance, the robots are built with an operational load compatible with these extreme environments.