Colossus is a versatile remote-controlled robot designed to support firefighters and first-responders in dangerous missions. With a high-pressure water cannon and powerful all-terrain treads, it can help extinguish fires, clear away debris, and evacuate victims.
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Did You Know?
Colossus assisted the Paris Fire Brigade in fighting a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on the night of 15 April 2019.
Colossus looks like an army tank—if the tank were retrofitted with a massive hose instead of a gun turret and painted fire-engine red.
Colossus can operate a water hose that would take three or four human firefighters to lift otherwise.
Colossus can be used not only to fight fires and clear debris but also to transport wounded people.
Colossus is used by the Paris Fire Brigade and other fire and rescue units in France and other countries.
Colossus has a little brother called Rhyno, also a firefighting robot.
- Payload capacity of up to 550 kg. Traction capacity of 2 metric tons. Able to drive over challenging terrain and climb stairs. Easy to pilot with three remote control options available: handheld controller, vehicle-mounted control station, and smartphone/tablet app. Modular design and integration with different types of water cannon (POK, AWG, TFT). Optional modules: Smoke extraction fan, manipulation arm, stretcher, motorized bull-bar, basket to transport equipment. Low maintenance. Waterproof IP code IP67.
- 76 cm | 30 in
- 160 cm | 63 in
- 78 cm | 30.7 in
- 485 kg | 1070 lb
- 3.5 km/h | 2.2 mph
- Motorized pan-tilt-zoom day/night HD camera, thermal camera, advanced thermometer. Optional: HazMat and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) sensors.
- Two 4000-W dc motors to power tracks
- Six 29.8-V 46-Ah lithium-ion batteries, 6 to 8 hours of operation
- Custom computer. Radio module with dual frequency (433 and 870 MHz) and range of 500 meters with line-of-sight and 200 meters inside buildings.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 7 (Tracks: 2 DoF; Camera mount: 2 DoF; Water cannon: 3 DoF)
- Aluminum-welded aeronautical steel chassis, waterproof and heat-resistant
- €130,000 to 200,000 (depending on optional modules)
Shark Robotics announced Colossus in 2017. The French company spent several years to develop the technology and make it suitable for real firefighting situations. Shark engineers worked with the Paris Fire Brigade, which told them what made sense and what would never work in a real fire. The firefighters also explained what kinds of situations were more or less likely and what the dangers were that the engineers didn't even know about. Shark built Colossus to be as modular as possible; whether the firefighters need to transport a heavy hose or equipment or bring a human victim to safety, the robot can take on a new form in less than 30 seconds and without any additional tools. Colossus is always being piloted remotely by a firefighter trained to operate the machine. Shark emphasizes that Colossus is more like a tool than another firefighter; humans control the decision-making and the robot does the lifting, dragging, carrying, and the more dangerous tasks that would be a risk for humans.