A new robot will be used to help beat piracy

Designed to crawl over a ship’s hull and send back covert surveillance footage, this is the latest weapon in the fight against piracy.


The new robot, produced by US firm ReconRobotics, can fire from a gun, crawl metallic walls and be deployed via a larger “marsupial” robot. The beercan-sized bot is a modified version of the ReconRobotics ReconScout Throwbot.

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Discover Magazine’s Discoblog reports that US forces have already been using the current version of the ReconScout Throwbot, which can be tossed 120 feet, in Iraq and Afghanistan. The remote-controlled bots pack a video camera, and are able to send live footage back to the control unit.

The new bot has magnetized wheels for “climbing up and over” a ship’s hull and ReconRobotics believes it will be helpful for anti-pirate operations where a remot- controlled, robot-mounted video will be able to safely board a ship and send back footage. Low light isn’t a problem either as the Throwbot has infrared illuminators to see in total darkness.Video