China has created a flying robot to explore Tibet

Shenyang Automation Institute created a flying robot for research in Tibet.

The robots were created at the Shenyang Automation Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Engineers note that Yunquoi is a “fully Chinese” development.

Field work in the world’s highest mountains was complicated by lack of oxygen and harsh climatic conditions. The progress of the expedition team was seriously limited by the inaccessibility of many areas. The flying robot “Yunquie” developed by this institute is capable of withstanding the wind with the speed of 13.9 – 17.1 m/sec. The loaded 5 kg of equipment can spend about 30 minutes at 6,000 meters above sea level.

To date, “Yunquie” was used to monitor the surface temperature of the glacier 6000 m above sea level, three-dimensional topographic survey and modeling. With its help, the researchers also successfully took water samples from Nam-Co Lake and measured their temperature on a vertical section of the reservoir at an altitude of 4730 m above sea level.

“Practice shows that “Yunquo” can work on the entire territory of field expedition points and the vast majority of glacial areas of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau,” – said the Chinese scientists.