Ghost Robotics during Xponential 2018 in Denver announced a new Vision Series of legged robots for surveillance and reconnaissance, situational awareness, or a marsupial device to transport unmanned aerial systems (UASs).
The company became known a year ago for its Minitaur direct-drive quadruped robot. The idea behind the Minitaur was to remove hydraulics and reduce the mechanical complexity by putting it into software.
Ghost Robotics CEO & President Jiren Parikh told Jane’s, “We had a great design with the Minitaur and are now going to the phase which is testing our robots in the field. We have got a lot of use from the military, public safety, and special forces operations.”
Parikh added, “Military drones are fast, they have new autonomous systems out there but the endurance is very poor, perhaps 10 to 15 minutes, so they are looking at using our device to carry these aerial drones up floors/stairs of a building, or into subterranean environments as well as long distances.”
The Vision 60 quadruped robot has approximately 3.5 hours of battery life and can travel up to 7.8 miles (12.5 km) on a single charge. The platform walks at 1 m/s (3.6 km/h) and Parikh aims to have it running at 2 m/s (7.2 km/h) soon. The medium-sized Vision 60 weighs 44 lbs (20 kg), is 60-65 cm long, and can carry a payload of 15.4 lbs (7 kg).
The Vision 45 is a smaller, 45 cm version designed for surveillance and situational awareness applications as well as launching one UAS from its back.
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