BEIJING A robot that can fly "like a
mini-helicopter" and a second that can glide across ice will
aid Chinese scientists during an Antarctic expedition slated
for October, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
The airborne robot can fly for an hour at speeds of 50 to
100 kilometers (30 to 60 miles) an hour and will be equipped
with a camera and an infrared radiometer for observing ice on
The second robot can slide across ice crevasses and snowy
slopes, the report said.
"The use of robots can reduce the risks and costs in
scientific research," Xinhua quoted Qin Weijia, of the Polar
Research Institute of China, as saying. "No matter how bad the
weather is, they can still work normally."
The 200-strong expedition team will set up seismic stations
in Antarctica to measure tremors and tectonic movements on the
continent, the report said.