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The Pyramid Rover had also made a remarkable discovery in the northern shaft of the Queen’s Chamber—another door, nearly identical to the one Gantenbrink discovered, and at about the same elevation. “The manufacturing of the robot will start in October,” Hawass said, “with the university [of Singapore] footing the bill.
The QCN door also had copper pins and also appeared to be made of the higher-quality limestone and exhibited superior workmanship. To even begin assessing these questions would require another mission and another robot. The exploration will likely start next year” (, Robot to explore Great Pyramid’s secret chamber, by Anne Penketh, October 12, 2005).
The next robot would need to be able to look up and down and from side to side, as well as take a look at the back of the blocking slab.
One of the most curious features of the shafts is the copper pins in the two blocking slabs.
But now, using technology designed for uses as divergent as space exploration and terrestrial search and rescue, we are finally able to explore the chamber behind Gantenbrink’s Door.
The mission had confirmed that the 20 x 20 cm blocking slab and the final section of U-block were made of a higher quality type of limestone than the rest of the shaft, most likely the fine limestone quarried at Tura rather than the rougher local yellow limestone.To accomplish these objectives, the mission would have to meet certain criteria as well.The tube-mounted camera on Pyramid Rover was unable to look around the inside of the chamber and the light quality was not fully up to task.Rover successfully drilled a small hole in the slab, about 2 cm in diameter, while inflicting as little damage as possible.The probe-mounted fiber optic camera was successfully deployed and gave us our first look behind Gantenbrink’s Door.