To address the goal of locomotion in very complex and difficult terrains, we are developing a new class of Ultralight Legged Robots.
Multilegged Autonomous eXplorer (MAX), is an ultralight, six-legged robot for traversal and exploration of challenging indoor and outdoor environments. The design of MAX emphasizes a low mass/size ratio, high locomotion efficiency, and high payload capability compared to total system mass.
MAX is 2.25 m tall when in a fully erect stance and has a mass of approximately 60 kg, which makes it 5 to 20 times lighter than robots of comparable size.
MAX is a research vehicle to explore modelling and control of Ultralight Legged Robots subject to flexing, oscillations and swaying; algorithms for gait planning and motion planning under uncertainty; and navigation planning for traversal of complex 3D terrains.
This work is ongoing research. Please contact us for more information.