Scorpius Robotics

The 2016-2017 Robotics Capstone team Scorpius Robotics, consists of mechanical and electrical engineering students who are designing and developing a redundant 7-DOF Manipulator.

Scorpius

Firefighters are tasked with dangerous search-and-rescue missions into hazardous situations that endanger their lives. Scorpius Robotics has recognized this problem and designed a robot that can help in search related efforts, possibly preventing firefighters an unnecessary trip into a burning building. Scorpius Robotics proposes a redundant manipulator, the “Tail”, equipped with a FLIR Lepton thermal camera and thermal sensors that can identify hotspots.


ScorpDorp
ScorpDorp


The Tail will be mechanically connected to a hexapod body designed by the Presept team for transport through the hazardous areas. Images will then be transmitted to an external viewing station for technical observation. The Tail has a total of seven degrees of freedom and it is also capable of grasping lightweight objects using an addition claw. To fully demonstrate the dexterity of the Tail, Scorpius Robotics is taking the robot to competition at the 2017 Robogames. The Tail will be used to draw the Scorpius Robotics logo in a painting competition. This project has been co-sponsored by the College of Engineering, by the Undergraduate Research Institute, and by Aptus Aerospace.


Scorpius Team
Team members from left to right: Robert Noble (EE), Austin Wild (EE), Jennifer Stiles (ME), Nick Harris (ME), Hilary Nelson (ME), and Andrew Dittrich (EE).



Scorpius Team

Scorpius Team