In December 2021, the Portland Air Nationwide Guard Base (PANGB) turned the primary Air Nationwide Guard base to accommodate the progressive expertise developed by Ghost Robotics often called the Quadrupedal Unmanned Floor Automobile (QUGV). This four-legged droid is mostly known as a robotic canine. The brand new addition to the PANGB household has been below the care of the 142nd Safety Forces Squadron right here. The canine-like physique of the QUGV displays the beams of sunshine off of its exterior, and with one click on of a button, it’s woke up. 142nd Safety Forces Squadron logistics and sources noncommissioned officer, Tech. Sgt. Jamie Cuniff, has been working with the brand new expertise since its arrival at PANGB.

“It’s going to offer us exponentially extra, actual time floor situational consciousness. I see the canine bringing a number of extra functionality down the highway. Say now we have a constructing alarm or an occasion we have to reply to on the set up– the canine can go together with us or first and supply us a video feed of what’s happening contained in the constructing, whereas additionally offering a two method interface that enables us the flexibility to start out affecting the scenario whereas different Defenders reply. Possibly not a robotic canine, however to search out issues that people don’t essentially need to do, or don’t do nicely and incorporate expertise or some model of innovation to unencumber the manpower whereas additionally enhancing functionality,” mentioned 142nd Safety Forces Commander, Lt. Col. Ryan Barton.


“We’re sort of spearheading this complete aspect of safety, this autonomous defender as they are saying, which makes me really feel actually good and proud to be within the unit. From a safety standpoint, it’s going to learn us in the way in which that it supplies some actual time video suggestions and likewise acts as a deterrent,” mentioned Cuniff. Cuniff has been a key advocate for the adoption of the robotic canine, and has been the main drive in getting it prepared for its safety mission right here.

A Quadrupedal Unmanned Floor Automobile (QUGV) or “robotic canine” goes for a take a look at run at Portland Air Nationwide Guard Base, Oregon. (U.S. Air Nationwide Guard picture by Airman 1st Class Yuki Klein)

This semi-autonomous robotic is programmed to reduce human publicity to hazard. The distinctive capabilities of the robotic, together with its sensor package deal, creates a notable benefit for base safety. The robotic can independently monitor the perimeter of the bottom, endure quite a lot of terrain, scan the world with a number of totally different digicam sorts, journey lengthy distances on one cost, present energetic surveillance of the world, and funnel that data again to these within the Safety Forces Squadron by safe means. The Defenders can interrupt the autonomous perform of the canine at any time, and manually management it, as a method to focus or direct the potential based mostly on the circumstance.

The usage of the robotic prevents actual canines and people from being unnecessarily uncovered to hazard. Moreover, the digicam capabilities present data that will not be perceptible to the human eye. In accordance with Barton, trying ahead, the bottom is working to achieve two extra QUGVs, for a complete of three canines which is able to present enhanced safety to the bottom, defending our personnel in addition to our mission belongings. This novel addition to the 142nd Wing brings with it the flexibility to boost PANG’s mission effectiveness by extra detection and alert functionality, releasing up time for the defender to turn into more adept of their talent units, as we transfer into the long run.

Avik De and Gavin Kenneally are quintessential entrepreneurs. Whereas finishing their PhDs at Penn below Daniel Koditschek, famed legged roboticist on the GRASP Lab, they started their journey to construct a better-legged robotic after experiencing the state-of-the-art at the moment, which was not scalable for commercialization and relied on costly, fragile, and non-standard parts. Extra importantly, they acknowledged the necessity to construct cell robots for purchasers, not simply viral movies and lab experiments. Earlier than formally launching the corporate in 2015 with Jiren Parikh, they spent years creating the foundational structure and electronics, together with a excessive bandwidth actuator and ultra-fast small-footprint reactive controller system that mimics how mammals transfer over unstructured terrain, whereas compensating for the elemental drawbacks of mechanical programs making an attempt to emulate organic designs.

A Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle (QUGV) or "robot dog" approaches its charging dock at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon.
A Quadrupedal Unmanned Floor Automobile (QUGV) or “robotic canine” approaches its charging dock at Portland Air Nationwide Guard Base, Oregon.(U.S. Air Nationwide Guard picture by Airman 1st Class Yuki Klein)