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LORAX: Life on Ice, Robotic Antarctic Explorer (LORAX)
This project is no longer active.
Head: David Wettergreen and Dimitrios (Dimi) Apostolopoulos
Contact: David Wettergreen
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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The Life on Ice: Robotic Antarctic Explorer (LORAX) is researching and field testing the necessary technologies to enable an autonomous rover to conduct survey traverses of the Antarctic ice sheet. Assess autonomous navigation capability on snow/ice Specifically the rover will circumnavigate geologic features that protrude through the ice (nunataks) and sample and measure the abundance of microorganisms surviving in the top 10cm of ice to understand how microbes migrate in Antarctica.