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Aqua2

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Aqua2 is an amphibious six-legged robot. It's designed for applications involving dive assistance, environmental monitoring, and locomotion research.

Creator
McGill University, York University, and Adept
Country
Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Year
2010
Type
Industrial, Research, Underwater
Creator
McGill University, York University, and Adept
Country
Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Year
2010
Type
Industrial, Research, Underwater

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Specs

FEATURES
Rugged sealed chassis, multiple walking gaits and swimming styles, water resistant up to 30 meters, 3D mapping.
HEIGHT
13 cm | 5.1 in
LENGTH
64 cm | 25.2 in
WIDTH
44 cm | 17.3 in
WEIGHT
16.5 kg | 36.4 lb
SPEED
3.6 km/h | 2.2 mph (swimming)

SENSORS
Three cameras, inertial measurement unit, depth sensor.
ACTUATORS
Six independently controlled appendages (fins or legs)
POWER
Batteries, 5 hours of operation
COMPUTING
On-board control stack with 500 MHz processor. Vision stack with 1.4 GHz processor.
SOFTWARE
ROS compatible software modules and user interface
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
6
MATERIALS
High grade aluminum chassis with six vinyl control fins or fiberglass legs.
COST
$60,000 to $110,000 (depending on configuration)
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
The initial Aqua robots were designed by Gregory Dudek at McGill University, in Montreal, in collaboration with teams led by Michael Jenkin at York University, in Toronto, and Evangelos Milios at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada. Their first design, based on RHex, a six-legged walking robot developed by U.S. and Canadian researchers in a program sponsored by DARPA, was unveiled in 2004. Aqua has been tested in real underwater environments in Barbados and Nova Scotia, where scientists used the robot to assess the health of coral reefs and other marine life. Adept MobileRobots began offering Aqua2, a commercial version of the robot, in 2011.
WEBSITE
http://www.mobilerobots.com/ResearchRobots/aqua2.aspx

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