“We recently called on SKA to help us automate a test fixture for a product we are in the process of releasing to the public. Before the ink even had time to dry on the contract, Spencer and his team hit the ground running. They were professional, innovative, accommodating,and communicated well throughout the entire process. We look forward to working with them again!”

— Uriel Eisen, Chief Production Officer, Rorus Inc.

All-Terrain Ground Vehicle

This experimental robot built by SKA utilizes a custom tank-style drivetrain. It can tow or mount 300 lbs of payload and can traverse pavement, snow, mud, dirt, and more. This modular machine can be quickly modified to perform a diverse array of tasks.

To ensure further reliability, SKA’s all-terrain unmanned ground vehicle is engineered to be resistant to moisture, heat, vibration, and debris. It can operate autonomously, remote controlled, or manned.

The image to the right shows the rear of the vehicle. Here the upper “accessory deck” is unmounted. The vehicle can drive upside-down in this configuration. This ability to run inverted increases the probability of mission success in scenarios when top-mounted equipment is not required.

 

 

 

SKA’s All-Terrain Ground Vehicle can be accessorized to carry a wide array of materials, as pictured left and below.

 

 

Robotic Catamaran

This fully autonomous catamaran was originally deployed to the Gulf of Mexico. It has since been used to take water samples in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. SKA designed and fabricated the boat’s hulls and drive systems. The hull is 10 feet long and it is made from stainless steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and Kevlar. Partially flooded brushless drive systems allow the craft to zip along the water while eliminating the need for seals.

Wifi

“Before the ink even had time to dry on the contract, Spencer and his team hit the ground running. They were professional, innovative, accommodating and communicated well throughout the entire process. We look forward to working with them again.”

— Uriel Eisen, Chief Production Officer, Rorus Inc.

SKA has designed and built a plug-and-play module to collect and communicate experimental data. The module receives data via serial and communicates it to the cloud. Uploaded data can be converted into email, text message (SMS), or spreadsheet format(s). Originally developed for Rorus Inc. to report test data for water filters, SKA’s WiFi module has broad application potential. This includes:

  • SMS messaging when a sensor reaches a certain threshold.
  • Informing researchers of results via email.
  • Providing spreadsheets of data for later analysis.

SKA’s WiFi communications module catalyzes your research by making collected data super-accessible.

Custom Lighting for SpaceX

“It makes the data center.”

— Anonymous SpaceX Employee

Photo taken by SpaceX investor Steve Jurvetson

SKA led a six-person team to rapidly design, build and install custom accent lighting for the Terminator-themed SpaceX corporate data center. Different aisles can be remotely set to glow in different colors. The result is a stunning and functional work environment for the SpaceX team.

 

Underwater Data Collection System

3D MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

In 2016, SKA developed and built a complete mechatronic winch for use on autonomous watercraft. The winch mounts to a robotic boat and raises and lowers an airtight “sensor pod” into the water. The pod logs temperature, depth and dissolved oxygen to create a three dimensional map of dissolved oxygen in an open body of water.

 

Unique features allow the winch to raise and lower the sensor pod to a set depth at a set speed according to serial input, and prevent the line from tangling. We are proud to contribute our expertise and ingenuity to helping our clients serve their missions.

Processes, Mechanisms, & Sub-Systems

Every robotic system is made up of smaller subsystems. This page includes pictures of machines being built and close-ups of some of the sub-systems that SKA has delivered.
All-Terrain Ground Vehicle

 

Robotic Catamaran

 

Wifi Communication Module

 

Custom Lighting for SpaceX

 

Underwater Data Collection System

 

Processes, Mechanisms & Sub-Systems