Sarcos Corp., a global leader in advanced robotic systems, has developed a first-of-its-kind snake robot, ‘Guardian S,’ that will be unveiled at the National Tactical Officers Association Conference on August 30 in Salt Lake City.
The robotic unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is the first-ever commercially available energetically autonomous snake robot, and is the culmination of years of research and in-field trials.
A new addition to the Sarcos Guardian robot product line, the Guardian S is designed for use in a wide range of industries including public safety, security, disaster recovery, infrastructure inspection, aerospace, maritime, oil and gas, and mining.
Sarcos Co-Founder and Chairman Ben Wolff intoned that the announcement further reinforces Sarcos’ position as the world’s leader in human-operated dexterous robots for unpredictable and unstructured environments.
“Our commercially available robotic products, and those in development, will save lives, prevent injuries and mitigate risk as they are deployed to perform some of the world’s most dangerous and difficult tasks,” Wolff added.
The novel robot weighs less than 8 pounds and has up to 16 hours of battery life. It can carry a full suite of sensors and facilitates two-way real-time video and voice communications. The groundbreaking robot can be tele-operated from miles away to reliably traverse challenging terrain including climbing stairs or passing through narrow culverts and pipes.
That is not all. It can also scale the inside and outside of storage tanks, pipes, maritime vessels, vehicles and other vertical surfaces.
An ultimate tool for security, inspection and non-destructive testing, the Guardian S is expected to be available commercially as a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering in late Fall this year. Sarcos will provide free maintenance and upgrades to the robot. Pricing for the service starts at $1,500 per month, making the robot substantially more economical than any other UGV with similar capabilities.
Image and video courtesy of Sarcos