The Djedi Team Robot(robotic tunnel explorer) at the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

The Djedi Team, from left to right - Stephen Rhodes, Robert Richardson, Zahi Hawass, Shaun Whitehead, Adrian Hildred, David Keeling, Ron Grieve, Jeff Vale, TC Ng (Photo: Meghan Strong)

The Djedi Team, from left to right – Stephen Rhodes, Robert Richardson, Zahi Hawass, Shaun Whitehead, Adrian Hildred, David Keeling, Ron Grieve, Jeff Vale, TC Ng (Photo: Meghan Strong)

Recently I went to visit the Great Pyramid of Khufuand observe the work of the Djedi team. Djedi is a joint international-Egyptian mission, which I named after Djedi, the magician who Khufu consulted when planning the layout of his pyramid. The purpose of this project is to send a robotic tunnel explorer into the two “air shafts” that lead from the Queen’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Khufu to gather evidence to determine the purpose of the shafts.

I selected the Djedi team during a competition that I coordinated to pick the best possible robot to explore the shafts in the Great Pyramid. I decided on a team sponsored by Leeds University and supported by Dassault Systemes in France. The team members include:

Dr Ng Tze Chuen (Hong Kong).  Independent researcher
·       Team founder, working on the concept since 1992
·       Developed concept proposal of Djedi robot based on previous experience with space robotics.

Mr Shaun Whitehead (UK),  Independent researcher, Scoutek
·       Founder of the UK involvement in the Djedi project
·       Systems engineer and mission manager for the project.

Dr Robert Richardson (UK),  Lecturer in engineering systems and design, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
·       Joined Djedi project in 2006
·       Manager of Leeds/Manchester University team.

Mr Ron Grieve (Canada).  Tekron Services, Canada
·       World expert in ultrasonic impact-echo measurements.
·       Responsible for assessing thickness and condition of the blocking stones.

Other key team members include Andrew Pickering, Stephen Rhodes and Adrian Hildred. This international team is experienced in the development and deployment of systems to meet real world challenges, including systems for space, search and rescue and medical devices, as well as inspection of stone structures.

With the help of the Djedi team, we hope to uncover the meaning of these airshafts by drilling through the doors that are blocking them. The team has made to previous examinations of the airshafts in July and December of 2009. The team is hoping to gather as much evidence as possible to try to piece together the purpose of the airshafts, while at the same time ensuring that the Great Pyramid is not damaged in any way.

Shaun Whitehead provided the following details on the

 

The Djedi robot (Photo: Sandro Vannini)

The Djedi robot (Photo: Sandro Vannini)

instruments that the robot is equipped with:

Micro “snake camera” that can fit through small spaces and see round corners like an endoscope.

A miniaturised ultrasonic device that can tap on walls and listen to the response to help determine the thickness and condition of the stone.

A miniature ‘beetle’ robot that can fit through a hole 20mm diameter for further exploration in confined spaces.

Precision compass and inclinometer to measure the orientation of the shafts.

A coring drill that can penetrate the second blocking stone (if necessary and feasible) while removing the minimum amount of material necessary.

I look forward to sharing more results about the Djedi Project in the future. I believe this project will finally uncover the answers behind the airshafts in the Great Pyramid.

Source: drhawass.com

Posted by : Yasmine Aladdin.

Memphis Tours Egypt since 1955.

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3 thoughts on “The Djedi Team Robot(robotic tunnel explorer) at the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

  1. peter muller

    great to hear that the drilling is happening

  2. peter muller

    tell me more

  3. memphistours

    Mr O’keefe, you seems very interested in the Egyptian Pyramids as it’s one of the mysterious in the world. The latest News and discoveries about the exploration is that the shafts were used as model corridors, through which the king’s soul could rise to the “stars that never are extinguished”, that is, the circumpolar stars in the northern sky as well as the “land of light” in the southern sky”. In other words, the team reasoned that the shafts were built for the dead king’s journey up to heaven. And no other extra chambers undisclosed in Kafre Pyramid. Thanks for your questions and your are very welcome to ask more questions.

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