Spider-monkey! Robosimian is designed to navigate in extreme environments necessitating challenging manipulation tasks. Its unique arms and leg (28 joint system) allows for creative approaches to navigation and handling problems.

Tatyana Dobreva

I got involved in the Robosimian project in my first year of JPL. The project was a few months out from the DARPA robotics competition, but I got a chance to contribute and learn about what it takes to build a semi-autonomous machine. I worked on calibration of the stereo vision system that enabled the robot to visualize depth. I also worked on a battery management module to let the crew know the power usage. 


Karumanchi, S., Edelberg, K., Baldwin, I., Nash, J., Satzinger, B., Reid, J., … Kennedy, B. (2018). Team RoboSimian: Semi-autonomous Mobile Manipulation at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. In Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (pp. 191–235).

RoboSimian Drives, Walks and Drills in Robotics Finals