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Industrial robots from Germany will be spending their life in Australia's great outdoors, helping to improve the accuracy of the country's Global Navigation Satellite System positioning knowledge. The project, a GNSS robotic calibration facility, has been switched on in Canberra, and will ultimately be part of a nationwide …

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  1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    Impressive.

    But I can't help feel that robot might do with a bit more environmental protection if it's on station for years at a time.

    1. Crisp

      Re: Impressive.

      It's a german robot. It's not afraid of a little weather.

    2. Michael 28
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      Re: Impressive.

      I think there's a different kind of weather down south. Probably spends it's spare downtime mixing mint juleps and listening to Max Monroe...or...err.... Kraftwerk.

      1. Liam O'Hagan
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        Funnily enough, Kraftwerk are playing at the Sydney Opera House on Friday...

  2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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    Unprecedented precision!

    So now, drivers can mess things up with sub-millimetre precision!

    OK, stop this sketch it's getting silly

    Mine is the one with a map in the pocket

    (and yes, sub-millimetre precision is impressive!)

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Because Australians in the outback hate to take potshots at things

  4. Eddy Ito
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    Ok

    How long before someone plants a pair of receivers on a watch face and calculate the orientation of the watch or makes a GPS controlled 3D printer to build something up from global coordinates?

    Beer with a floating GPS based "evaporation" sensor.

  5. WatAWorld

    Question: So is each of these robots permanently located in one place, or do they travel around?

    Question: So is each of these robots permanently located in one place, or do they travel around?

  6. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Yes

    But can they get a beer from the fridge and open it?

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