Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) partners with Ghost Robotics® of Philadelphia, US, to accelerate the development of mobile robotic systems and related technology enablers, for operations in challenging urban terrain, and harsh and unstructured environments.
Under an agreement signed ahead of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit 2021, both parties will identify, test, and develop novel technologies and use cases for legged robots (quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles) for security, defence, and humanitarian applications. The robots will be integrated with multi-axis manipulators to enhance how they interact with their environment and objects within it, and power technologies (such as solid-state batteries or fuel cells) will allow systems to remain in operation for extended periods of time.
Additionally, new robotic control capabilities will be explored by pairing robots from Ghost Robotics with the DSTA-developed Robotics Command, Control and Communications system. This would in turn enable simultaneous control and monitoring of multiple systems to develop a consolidated situation picture for coordinated missions.
“In the world of fast-evolving technology, close collaboration between organisations is imperative to co-create use cases and innovative solutions. In partnering Ghost Robotics, DSTA hopes to advance robotic capabilities in defence and shape the battlefield of the future. We envision that robots would one day become a defender’s best friend and be deployed to undertake more risky and complex operations in tough terrains,” said DSTA’s Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) and Director Land Systems, Mr Roy Chan.
“This new Collaborative Agreement provides Ghost Robotics and DSTA with exciting opportunities to translate cutting-edge robotics systems to mature use cases and applications. Together with the operational know-how from DSTA, we will bring forth a revolution in how legged robots can be deployed,” said Ghost Robotics’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jiren Parikh.