“Crusher,” a 6.5-ton, six-wheeled robotic vehicle designed to negotiate harsh terrain, will be presented along with its predecessor, “Spinner,” at Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center on April 28, spokeswoman Anne Watzman said. Although Crusher is designed to carry weapons, the university has worked only on the machinery of the vehicle, Watzman said.
Crusher combines some capabilities of Spinner — an invertible machine able to right itself — with mobility and autonomy technology, such as the use of terrain data, developed under a program called PerceptOR.
The current projects are
Robotic Search for Antarctic Meteorites: autonomous mobile robot and sensors to locate and recover meteorites in Antarctica
Pioneer: a mobile mapping and reconnaissance machine for structural assessment of the damaged Chernobyl nuclear power plant
RoboHost: robotic tour guides for museums
Demeter: mobile robot for unmanned grain harvesting
AutoLoad: technologies to improve productivity and reduce costs of excavation in earthmoving projects
Lunar Rover Initiative: a pair of mobile robots for the first privately funded lunar mission with telepresence for public participation and education