DARPA's Angler: Underwater Robot Wonder
|Source: DARPA - The Angler|
Autonomous with No Need of GPS
DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is applying robotics developed for space and terrestrial exploring robots to a new undersea robotic system. It's called The Angler.
DARPA is developing an underwater robotic system that autonomously explores the sea floor. It wants the robot to be capable of physically manipulating manmade objects that it encounters. Put simply, it's developing highly advanced underwater robots.
Some of the robotic innovations that will be incorporated into these sea exploring robots:
- Highly accurate navigations where's there is no GPS
- Perception and manipulation strategies to grasp objects
- Systems that allow the robot to know their location and the health of their own system.