Clearpath Robotics Announces Space Research Partnership With University of Toronto

WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 02, 2010 -- Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this Press Release.

Clearpath Robotics, innovators in the design and manufacture of unmanned vehicle systems, announced today that it has partnered with the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto. Clearpath Robotics is working with Dr. Tim Barfoot, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Space Robotics. Dr. Barfoot is spearheading the Autonomous 3D Site Mapping Using Rover(s) project on behalf of U of T in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates.

Clearpath Robotics' Husky A100™, an unmanned research vehicle, will enable Dr. Barfoot's U of T research team to test mapping algorithms for future use on the lunar surface. Testing and analysis with the Husky A100 will be performed at the U of T MarsDome facility.

"This project will enable a mobile robot to map the lunar environment using a laser-based three-dimensional image sensor," says Dr. Barfoot." Our research will advance the state of the art by providing a new integrated mapping framework for outdoor problems and field testing results. Clearpath Robotics' Husky robot is the ideal size for our research and is capable of carrying the laser payload we plan to use, yet it is small enough to operate in the MarsDome facility."

"We are thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with U of T. This partnership marks the beginning of a relationship with some of Canada's most significant robotics institutions," says Matt Rendall, CEO of Clearpath Robotics. "Space research requires durability and reliability beyond most terrestrial applications, and U of T is well equipped to deliver. The Husky is a dependable unmanned solution and is ideally suited to support Dr. Barfoot's work."

About Company Clearpath Robotics

Clearpath Robotics is a leading provider of unmanned research vehicles for universities, industry, and governments. Through industry-leading product engineering and support, their inspired solutions improve system reliability, while reducing costs and time to market. Researchers spend an estimated 80 percent of their time customizing and configuring generic hardware - a process that lengthens research cycles and increases budgets. As an R&D partner, Clearpath Robotics delivers turnkey solutions tuned to unique research needs. For more information about Clearpath Robotics visit:

About University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies

The Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto includes undergraduate and graduate studies. Undergraduate programs are offered through the Engineering Science Program. At the graduate level the Institute offers research-intensive programs leading to MASc and PhD degrees, and a professionally-oriented program leading to the MEng degree. The scope of research includes aeronautical engineering and space systems engineering.

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