Jean-Paul Blaquiere writes about a recent ESA news article, saying it :
“Describes the first field demonstration of a commercial robot which is being used to stabilise sheer cliffs against landslides in Italy”.
The tele operated, four-legged Roboclimber is a BIG robot. It weighs 3800 kg and is 2 meters by 2.5 meters in size. It prevents landslides by drilling into sheer cliffs and inserting stabalising rods.
For more, there is an older ESA article showing construction photos of the robot and an animation of its movement.
It can climb?, posted 14 Jan 2005 at 13:13 UTC by c6jones720 »
I read the article and to be honest I am quite surprised that the robot can climb. It looks very clunky but I suppose looks can be deceiving. One thing that made me laugh was the picture of the operators computer desk sitting directly underneath the robot. I wouldn’t want to be sitting there if the robot fell!