Anti-piracy robot climbs onto pirate ships before they attack

The latest weapon in the battle to stop Somali pirates is this magnetic robot that can sneak up the side of a pirate ship, then send video images back to local ships.

Developed from the Recon Scout throwbot, this new version comes equipped with magnetic wheels that allow it climb right up the steel side of a ship. It can also be fired from a small cannon, giving it far greater range than the original hand thrown version.

This looks like a great tool, and when combined with something like that acoustic cannon to distract that bad guys, it could offer a useful sneak peek at the pirates.

No word on when the new robot will be deployed, but ReconRobotics just announced that they have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific.)

ReconRobotics, via PopSci

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