Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS)
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GUSS was developed by Virginia Tech engineering students using products from TORC Technologies, a company that specializes in unmanned military vehicles. It’s being tested now by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.
The GUSS vehicles can carry up to 1,800 pounds and move at the speed of a troop on foot, or about five miles per hour. The multi-purpose systems are designed to operate on off-road terrain, day or night in all weather conditions, and will support dismounted troops with point-to-point resupply, thereby reducing the loads manually carried by Marines and providing a means for immediate casualty evacuation.
The rapid development and experimentation on the GUSS project was made possible through the use of TORC’s product line. This enabled Virginia Tech engineering students to leverage off-the-shelf technologies and focus on system integration challenges. The entire development process was completed in less than a year, with the first prototype delivered for testing in six months.
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Media Coverage of GUSS – Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate:
- Engadget – “Marines field autonomous support vehicles based on winning robot design”
- CNET – “GUSS: An off-road golf cart for troop support”
- GIZMODO – “Automated GUSS Golf Carts Will Be Militarized Soon”
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser – “The unmanned vehicle aids soldiers and can navigate around obstacles”
- Robotics Trends – “Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built by Virginia Tech”
- WarisBoring.com – Unmanned Systems: Marine Corps Bets on Robotic Mule
- National Defense magazine – Move Over Fido: Marines’ New Best Friend Could be A Robotic ‘Mule’