Ghost Robotics’ Vision 60 quadruped has become a pretty versatile monster, capable of walking, running, and even carrying a gun. Now, thanks to a third-party attachment, it can also “swim” in water.
In its base form, the 51 kg (112-lb) Vision 60 can tackle uneven terrain, sprint at up to 3 meters per second (9.8 ft/s), carry payloads up to 10 kg (22 lb), and works for three hours per charge of its lithium battery.
And while it’s already IP67 waterproof – meaning it can be submerged to a depth of 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes without leaking – it was previously only able to wade through water. However, that is no longer the case, thanks to Onyx Industries’ Marine Autonomous Tail Unmanned Tail (NAUT) module.
Just announced at the 2022 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida, the NAUT is specifically designed for Vision 60.
Attached to the rear of the floating robot, the aluminum-bodied jet steering gear delivers a top speed of 3 knots (3.5 mph or 5.6 km/h). The NAUT works automatically or by remote control, steering the Vision 60 through a thrust vectoring system – the robot keeps its feet pinched to improve hydrodynamics as it moves through the water.
Power is provided by the robot’s battery or by the NAUT itself – in the latter case it has a claimed runtime of more than 30 minutes. The module itself weighs 2 lb (0.9 kg), with the battery adding 3 lb (1.4 kg). It can be quickly disassembled when needed, and like the Vision 60, it is IP67 water resistant.
An Onxy representative told us that it is currently available, through the company’s website. The NAUT module in use can be seen, in the following video posted by Ghost Robotics.
Source: Onyx Industries, Ghost Robotics via The Robot Report