Aeroscout
Aeroscout demonstrated 3D navigation of an air vehicle operating in close proximity to structures, building, trees and wires.
Airboats
We are developing low cost airboats: flat-bottomed boats that use an above-water fan to propel themselves forward safely and effectively through shallow or debris-filled water.
Ambler
Ambler is a walking robot that enables energy-efficient overlapping gaits. Developed as a testbed for research in walking robots operating in rugged terrain. Learn more...
Andy
Andy is the CMU rover for the Google Lunar X-Prize challenge. It is analogous to the flight rover but with some terrestrial components.
Autonomous Excavator
Designed to autonomously and efficiently dig and load trucks.
BOA
An automated system that safely and economically removes asbestos insulation from old pipes. It packages waste into barrels for easy disposal.
Blackbear
Robotic Mule for the Army.
Boatbot
Boatbot is a test platform for developing control algorithms for open water environments. Boatbot is divided with three bulkheads, one of which is for science payloads.
Boss
Boss won the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007.
Bullwinkle
Coordinated Mobile Manipulation for manufacturing and assembly.
Cave Crawler
Cave Crawler is smaller, lighter, faster, and more mobile than its Groundhog predecessor. In addition, it is equipped with two integrated sensor modules (developed by the Subterranean Robotics group) that perform SLAM in addition to sensory output.
Core Drilling
Core Drilling was automated to retrieve radiated concrete samples after a nuclear accident at Three Mile Island. Technical challenges included reaction, compliance, drilling, breakout, capture and isolation from washdown procedures.
CoreSampler
This vehicle drilled core samples from the walls of the Three Mile Island basement to determine the depth and severity of radioactive material that soaked into the concrete at the site.
DEPTHX
The DEPTHX vehicle is a hovering AUV designed for exploration of flooded caverns and tunnels.
Daedelus
Daedelus’ legs remained vertical to keep this unique walker configuration from bumping its shins. This feature reduced gait planning from 3D to 2D. Its lengthy stroke maximized clearance and achieved remarkable mobility.
Dante I
Dante rappels mountainsides using a spherical laser scanner and foot sensors. It entered the crater of Antarctica’s Mt. Erebus but did not reach the lava lake. Learn more...
Dante II
A tethered walking robot for science missions in active volcanoes, explored the Mt. Spurr volcano in Alaska. It was used to sample high-temperature, gas samples from the fumaroles on the crater floor.
Demeter
Demeter autonomously mows hay and alphalpa. It navigates with GPS and uses camera vision to differentiate cut and uncut crops.
Enviroblimp
Developed to investigate the use of a solar-powered dirigible for collection of environmental data.
Ferret
The Ferret mine mapping robot can be lowered down a borehole and produce three-dimensional maps using sonar and laser range finders that can then be used to assess mine conditions.
Groundhog
Robot for subterranean mapping and exploration. This robot mapped several deep mines in the wake of an accident at the Quecreek mine that left 9 miners trapped.
Guideway Inspection
Guideway inspection system in operation at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
H1ghlander
H1ghlander competed in and finished 3rd in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
Houdini
Houdini cleans up hazardous materials from waste filled tanks. It transforms itself to a small, streamlined shape for entering a tank, then expands to a large, stable shape for heavy work.
Hyperion
A solar powered rover that proved the concept of Sun-Synchronous navigation in the Canadian high Arctic.
Hyperion
A robot for characterizing the limits of life in desert environments.
Icebreaker
Icebreaker is designed to traverse into dark steep lunar craters. Icebreaker features a novel plow device that allows it to maintain control and minimize slip while descending steep unconsolidated angle of repose slopes.
Locomotion Emulator
This chassis steers and propels all wheels so that it can spin, drive, or spin while driving. Its software can emulate a tank, car or any other wheeled machine.
McArthur
Testbed for navigation in unstructured outdoor terrain.
Meteorite Search
A winterized Nomad searched for and classified meteorites in Antarctica.
Mine Haulage
Mine Haulage innovated GPS-based autonomous driving and safeguarding inventions to pioneer the automation of trucks in surface mines.
Moon Lander
The moon lander is a robot capable of landing a payload rover onto the lunar surface. The lander uses sensors, rockets, and mapping software for precision landings.
Moon Rover
The shape of this moon rover moderates extreme lunar temperatures while gathering sunpower and rejecting heat. The simplicity achieves mobility and reliability with a minimum of moving parts.
NavLab I
Pioneered high performance outdoor navigation. NavLab deployed racks of computers, laser scanners, and color cameras providing cutting-edge perception in its time.
Navlab II
This automated HUMMER pioneered trinocular vision, WARP computing, and sensor fusion to navigate offroad terrain.
Neptune
Neptune articulates magnetic tracks to roam the interiors of fuel storage tanks. It evaluates deterioration in floors and walls using acoustic navigation and corrosion sensing. Learn more...
Nomad
Robot for autonomous exploration of planet-like deserts. It pioneered spherical vision and long-range navigation. Shown here in the Chilean Atacama desert.
Orchard Automation
This autonomous orchard vehicle can mow and spray entire orchard blocks without any human supervision. It can also assist workers in tasks such as thinning fruit, pruning, and harvesting.
Pioneer
Radiation-hardened remote reconnaissance system for structural analysis of Reactor 4 at Chornobyl.
Pipe Mapping
Mobile pipe mapping computes magnetic and radar data over a dense grid to infer the depth and location of buried pipes. This outperforms hand-held pipe detectors.
Polaris
Polaris prospects for water at the lunar poles. Polaris is capable of driving and avoiding obstacles autonomously including traverses into dark regions in the lunar pole’s long shadows.
REX
REX was the world’s first autonomous digging machine. It sensed and planned to excavate without damaging buried gas pipes. This robot used a hypersonic air knife to erode soil around pipes.
Red Rover
Red Rover is a lunar rover being developed by Carnegie Mellon and spin-off Astrobotic Technology for the Google Lunar X-Prize.
Reefbot
ReefBot is a Pittsburgh-based team of individuals committed to developing and using underwater robotic technology for the purpose of ocean exploration, education, and coral reef conservation.
Remote Reconnaissance Vehicle
First vehicle to enter the basement of Three Mile Island after a meltdown in March 1979. This vehicle worked four years to survey and clean up the flooded basement.
Remote Work Vehicle
The Remote Work Vehicle was developed for a broad agenda of clean-up operations like washing contaminated surfaces, removing sediments, demolishing radiated structures, applying surface treatments, and packaging and transporting materials.
Robocrane, Bullwinkle, Xavier
Cooperative robots for autonomous assembly of structures.
Rosie Mobile Worksystem
Rosie is a tethered mobile worksystem designed for decontamination and dismantlement applications.
SandStorm
High-performance off-road navigator for racing in the DARPA Grand Challenge in the California desert.
Scarab
Scarab is prototype rover for lunar polar exploration. Its unique configuration allows it to adjust body posture for ascent and descent of craters and to position a coring drill for soil sampling.
Skyworker
An assembly, inspection and maintenance robot for orbital structures.
T3
This autonomous excavator was the first to use a bucket for robotic digging. It can sense how much dirt it is moving and how to dig around buried rocks.
Terrascout
TerraScout is developing fundamental technology for autonomous outdoor vehicles to navigate outdoors. These scouts assist their human counterparts by providing eyes and ears in dangerous locations.
Terregator
Terregator pioneered exploration, road following and mine mapping. It was the world’s first rugged, capable, autonomous outdoor navigation robot.
Tesselator
Developed to inspect and waterproof the tiles underneath the space shuttle.
TraderBots
The TraderBots auction-based task allocation system enables efficient and robust coordination of teams in dynamic and uncertain conditions.
Trestle
Trestle develops multi-agent coordination for teams of humans and robots performing complex assembly tasks such as intended for structures in earth-orbit.
TugBot
TugBot was developed to search for hazards and buried objects and sucessfully surveyed an 1800-acre site in Nevada.
Turf Management
This system mows large areas of turf such as at golf courses, sports fields, and parks, with high precision.
Yogi
Yogi is an automated golf cart that serves as a testbed for autonomous navigation.
Zoë
Equipped with specialized sensors, Zoe roams the Atacama desert in search of life. Just like its predecessor Hyperion, Zoe has an array of solar cells to collect energy from the sun and plan its day to maximize science returns while maintaining battery levels.