size: 35" long, 16" wide, and 30.5" high
price tag: between $40,000-60,000
see me in action
The Mini-Andros travels on two tracks equipped with movable "arms." When
extended, these arms broaden the vehicle's base, enabling it to climb and
descend stairs as well as cross small ditches. When retracted, the vehicle can
maneuver more easily in tight spaces. This feature, called "articulated
tracking," is patented by Remotec, the company that sells and manufactures the
robot. Speed: variable, between five and 70 feet per minute
An operator can control the Mini-Andros either by a portable or fiber optic
cable—or remotely, by radio control. The operator's "control station" can
be mounted on a two-wheeled cart, in a briefcase or in a backpack.
See Me in Action
- Mini-Andros can fit in the trunk of a car.
- It has a moveable arm that can lift 15 lbs when fully extended. It can
reach 24" horizontally and 36" above the floor.
- The robot comes equipped with three low-light video cameras. The
cameras are located on the robot's movable arm, on an arm on top of the
vehicle, and on the front of the chassis. Mini-Andros can also be equipped
with infrared cameras.
- Mini-Andros allows for two-way audio communication; both a microphone
and a speaker are mounted on the robot.
- A 12-gauge sidewinder shotgun can be mounted on the robot, as can a
window breaker, a water disrupter (used for disabling bombs), or a charge
- In nuclear contamination situations, Mini-Andros can be equipped with a
smear sampler, a contamination containment box, and a radiation detector.
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Photos: Northrop Grumman/Remotec.
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