They seemed to be everywhere, mechanical four-legged “canine” robots wandering the AUSA exhibit halls. These robotic dogs caught the attention of attendees wherever they appeared. The robots were developed and being shown my GhostRobotics of Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Properly referred to as Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicles or QUGV, they utilize the technology advances being implemented in autonomous systems with a mobility approach that has been field proven with military and security K-9s. Michael Subhan, Chief Marketing Officer, explained “using four legs has inherent advantages in crossing rough terrain, steps, and slopes. Plus, QUGVs can be fast, durable, simple to integrate, and have great endurance. The approach also has the ability to get back up unassisted should it fall. When at rest the QUGVs collapse down into a compact package that is easy to transport and stow.”
The QUGV offers a remote-controlled or autonomous platform for various mission suites. These have included Chemical/Biological/Radiation detectors, day/night observation, location and mapping, or even non-lethal or lethal effectors. The GhostRobotic VISION 60 systems are quiet and discrete and can squat, kneel, and respond much like a living K-9.
Subhan shared that their QUGVs have been fielded and are being used the US Air Force Security Forces. At Tyndall AF Base they provide persistent and continuous perimeter patrols with units conducting a circuit, returning for recharge while a new robot taking up the next patrol. Airmen are able to continuously monitor their patrol path. The systems have been well received and are now being modified to add an onboard hailing capability permitting a remote operator to challenge a potential intruder.
GhostRobotics use proprietary electronics, software, and control systems which can be integrated to various sensors, manipulators, and effectors to accomplish a wide range of different missions in even the most severe environments.
by Stephen W. Miller