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This Amphibious Robot Is Propelled by a Giant Screw Allowing It to Tackle Any Terrain That Humans Can’t Access

Meet the HELIX family made up of strong amphibious robots that take mobility to a whole new level. Created by Cooperstone Technologies, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, these field robots can access places humans can’t or locations or environments that are simply too hazardous. It keeps people out of harm’s way. They’re robust, helical, screw-shaped pontoons that enable HELIX to float on water or tackle any terrain, including mud, snow, ice, and rocks. They can conduct water surveys and bring sensors or sampling payloads to a site.

Additionally, Copperstone Technologies’ long-range telecommunication ground station offers real-time data and control to its operators. The main industries the company services include mining, municipal water, military, agricultural, and industrial facilities.

These powerful mobility robots were originally built for mining operations in Northern Canada, where some of the most severe conditions exist in the world. They got the job done by carrying heavy payloads across tailings ponds, in challenging conditions that were wet, muddy, snowy, and frequently sticky. No technology was up for the task – boats couldn’t swing shallow water or debris, aerial vehicles couldn’t lug the required payloads, and tracked or wheeled robots simply sank in the mud.

Today, Cooperstone Technologies has perfected its screw-drive concept and developed HELIX, “a patented combination of screw-propulsion and four-wheel drive capable of remote and autonomous operations.” The company offers its robotic services along with trained field engineers and technicians throughout North America and globally, which include surveying, sampling, geotechnical investigations, and bathymetry.

Its beastly amphibious robot, the HELIX Neptune makes land-water transitions look like a cakewalk! There’s no need for human intervention, specialty gear, or a boat launch ramp. It weighs 350 kg – with an additional 100 kg spare payload capacity for additional sensors and gear.  It travels at 1 m/s but has additional thrusters to cruise on water at 2-3 m/s. It’s equipped with high torque motors for hill climbing and navigating through mud, sludge, and tailings. Standard payloads include a single beam sonar, sampling tools, and multi-directional camera systems. Another powerful option is the HELIX AR2, a 700kg amphibious robot capable of heavy hauling 300 kg of gear. It’s commonly used in geotechnical surveys and can remotely deploy a CPT, Vane Shear, or various sampling tools in mine tailings. 

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