Autonomous Self-Powered Defense Solution Combines UAVs & UGVs

By Mike Ball / 13 Apr 2020
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Asylon and Ghost Robotics UAV and UGV defense solution


Drone technology developer Asylon has partnered with Ghost Robotics, following a contract award from the United States Air Force Research Lab, to develop an autonomous, self-powering combined air and ground robotic solution for persistent ISR, inspection and perimeter security.

Asylon will integrate its DroneHome automated UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) battery-swap base station with Ghost Robotics’ family of autonomous all-terrain Q-UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles), which are legged platforms optimized for unstructured terrain and long-endurance missions. The combination of the two firms’ robotic systems will create an autonomously operating, self-powering aerial and ground system. Asylon is also exploring if the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Army Research Laboratory’s proprietary nanogalvanic hydrogen generating powder technology can play a role in advancing the system.

The combined system will offer a variety of advantages for security and defense applications:

  • Optimized self-sustaining power generation
  • Autonomous persistent air and ground perimeter patrols
  • 24/7 robotic remote guarding
  • Geo-fenced alarm zones for autonomous video verification and active response
  • Remote command and control with multiple-user pre-programmed schedule setting
  • Automated alarm notifications to multiple smart devices

Michael Quiroga, Chief Revenue Officer at Asylon, commented: “The integration of Ghost Robotics’ Q-UGV robot into the DroneCore platform has been a long time coming. Our teams have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. Asylon is more than excited to add automated ground robotics to our growing list of DroneCore capabilities.”

Jiren Parikh, CEO of Ghost Robotics, stated: “The Ghost team is excited to partner with ASYLON on this integration opportunity. Our legged UGV (Q-UGV) robots’ combined capabilities will deliver immediate value to both the commercial security and defense spaces.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact