Scientists of International Laboratory of Vision Systems of the Faculty of Innovative Technologies have created an all-terrain robotic platform. The robot has a minimal ground pressure, so it is able to navigate through a mined area, take pictures of the area, map minefields, and participate in neutralizing them..
- Robotic systems can easily move on any surface, including vertical ones, and overcomes obstacles of over 100 meters, which ensure its high functionality, - says Vasily Shipilov, one of the main developers, a scientist at the Faculty of Innovative Technologies. – The potential areas of application are in the military-industrial complex, Ministry of Emergency Situations work, housing and communal services, oil and gas industries, research in difficult expedition conditions, and others.
As an example, the researcher recalls the inspection of central gas and oil pipelines. Currently, this function is carried out by people who often have to work in heavy-going places. This leads to large financial and time costs. The robot can easily carry out diagnostic work, moving in oil and gas pipelines, or near them, thus noting all the indicators (including fixing potential gas leaks).
- The robot is able to free up the vertical plane to the level of the 10th floor and above, so you can successfully use it, for example, in housing and communal services for the diagnosis of interpanel seams and roof, - says Vladimir Gutsul, one of the developers.
The robot can make its contribution in the Arctic expedition, for example, to deliver scientific equipment in difficult places. Being very light, it moves easily through the snow. With a size of 1 cubic meter, it is capable of carrying loads up to 15 kilograms. By increasing the engine power and size its capacity can be enhanced.
You can look at the robot here.