Hawas: Singaporean robot to creep into Cheops Pyramid in October
Egypt, Local, 11/8/2004
The robot experiment inside Cheops Pyramid in Giza will be repeated next year but this time by a different institution, said Chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawas.
The University of Singapore is currently designing a robot to reach beyond the door which blocked the route of the robot used by the US National Geographic in September 2003, said Hawas in statements on Saturday.
The new experiment will be conducted in October 2005, added the SCA head.
The Geographic's tiny robot crept through the Great pyramid in a bid to demystify what is inside the Pyramid only to face a new puzzle.
The tiny robot -named the pyramid Rover -took two hours to crawl through a narrow shaft in the Great Pyramid of Cheops, drill through a door at the end and push through its camera only to come face to face with another door.
Hawas, at the time, considered the discovery a success per se.
The tiny camera showed a small, uncluttered space backed by a vertical, sheer stone surface Hawas said he believed was another door.
During the broadcast, Hawas made another find by lifting the lid on a stone sarcophagus found in a tomb built near the Great Pyramid, revealing the intact skeleton apparently of man dating back to the period of the pyramid's construction 4,500 years ago.
The Great Pyramid, built 4,500 years ago by Khufu, an ancient ruler also known as Cheops, has four narrow shafts. It is made of 2.3 million stone blocks.
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