Students have developed a prototype of a robot that will clean the Arctic together with a drone. The drone will fly and look for debris deposits; if found, it will give a signal to the robot, which will collect the waste for further disposal.
It has six wheels and a manipulator that can pick up and carry objects. The development presented on the forum is a working model. A real robot should be the size of a car and have a higher payload.
There is a lot of industrial waste, barrels from fuels and lubricants, scrap metal in the Far North. Collecting it by hand is a long and unsafe process. This is where our robot should help. Now the operator can control it remotely.
Ilya Mayrov, Director of the Higher School of Information Technologies and Automated Systems of NArFU
The developers plan to organize the work of the robot in conjunction with the drone: the drone will fly and independently determine the deposits of garbage, and upon detection it will give a signal to the robot to collect and transport it.
Such robots can be used in various fields: rescuers, employees of mining and exploration companies are already showing interest in the development, the press service of the university noted.