Tenerife labyrinth becomes training lab for Mars and the Moons!
German scientists have been testing robots in the “Cave of the Wind” in Icod de los Vinos for future explorations on the Moon and Mars
Robots “Crex” and “Asguard IV” were introduced into the bowels of this spectacular volcanic tube as part of the work of the Innovation Centre of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
At first sight, it could seem the plot of some science fiction film production, but no, it is a story based on the purest reality.
Frank Kirchner, head of the project from the University of Bremen, said that “the lava caves that are in the Canary Islands are of great interest in space travel.”
Among other tests, the secure transmission of data between the robots and the earth station were anaylsed through a satellite connection.
The Cave of the Wind was formed 27,000 years ago in basaltic lava from the first eruptive phase of the Pico Viejo volcano, located next to Mount Teide. This volcanic tube, whose name is due to the important air currents that occur in its interior, is the fifth longest in the world (18 kilometres surveyed) after the first four found on the largest island of the archipelago of Hawaii. It constitutes a huge labyrinthine network of underground passages, with innumerable branches still unexplored that will allow it to extend its length in the future.
Councillor for communication, Isabel García, said they wered delighted to see Icod de los Vinos on the international map as an exceptional training laboratory for the exploration of Moon or Mars.