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Now eight years later, a new robot is ready to try to discover what that special "something" might be. Dubbed the Djedi Rover-- after the sorcerer who helped Khufu design his resting place -- this 'bot boasts a toolbox of cutting-edge gizmos. Mission manager Shaun Whitehead told AOL News that the machine is fitted with a flexible "snake camera" that will allow it to peer through the existing hole in the first slab and carry out a more detailed survey of this ancient mini-chamber.
Thanks for your interest in the Djedi project. Unlike the previous mission, we are keeping a relatively low profile and we are not releasing information until it is formally published (in the SCA's own journal, the ASAE). The initial report is due within the next few weeks, I hope.
It does take a long time to prepare and test the robot (we spent two years in competition against Singapore University) mainly because it is a difficult thing to do (while protecting the pyramid) and because we all have very demanding "day jobs". So, the lack of information is not because we want to be secretive, it's just that it takes a long time and we are carrying out everything in a scientific manner.