Rover’s return to Pyramids

A specially designed robot is set to unlock one of the last secrets of the Great Pyramid at Giza.

The Pyramid Rover will climb a narrow shaft 65m long and at a 40-degree incline inside the pyramid. Its mission is to investigate a door at the far end of the passage that has remained sealed ever since the giant tomb was built. The shaft is just 20cm by 20cm wide.

The vehicle, designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will move by gripping the shaft’s floor and ceiling with rubber treads. It will drill a small hole in the door and insert a camera to view the room beyond. Egyptologists hope to discover a statue or other ancient artefacts.

The operation will be shown live on the UK cable and satellite television channel National Geographic at 9pm on 17 September.