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But now, using technology designed for uses as divergent as space exploration and terrestrial search and rescue, we are finally able to explore the chamber behind Gantenbrink’s Door.
Picking up where we left off with Pyramid Rover, this exclusive covers how the Djedi Team won the “Robot Olympics in the Desert”, the members who make up the team, the specifics of the robot’s design, and the results of Djedi’s maiden voyage up QCS and into the chamber behind the first blocking stone.
To have a better understanding of these pins the new robot would need to be able to examine the backs of these slabs. The impact-echo probe used by Pyramid Rover covered nearly half the surface area of the blocking slab.
Obviously, something of comparable size would not be able to fit through the hole in the first blocking slab, and minimizing damage meant the team could not drill a larger hole.
Larger, more structural questions presented themselves as well. Did the shaft continue on the opposite side, or come to an abrupt end against the core masonry of the pyramid? Zahi Hawass, the Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, had some decisions to make.
Rover’s impact-echo probe had shown that the blocking slab was only 5-9 cm thick, which placed it within the capabilities of Rover’s drill and probe-mounted camera.Rover successfully drilled a small hole in the slab, about 2 cm in diameter, while inflicting as little damage as possible.The probe-mounted fiber optic camera was successfully deployed and gave us our first look behind Gantenbrink’s Door.The Pyramid Rover had also made a remarkable discovery in the northern shaft of the Queen’s Chamber—another door, nearly identical to the one Gantenbrink discovered, and at about the same elevation. “The manufacturing of the robot will start in October,” Hawass said, “with the university [of Singapore] footing the bill.The QCN door also had copper pins and also appeared to be made of the higher-quality limestone and exhibited superior workmanship. To even begin assessing these questions would require another mission and another robot. The exploration will likely start next year” (, Robot to explore Great Pyramid’s secret chamber, by Anne Penketh, October 12, 2005).