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Husky (ROS Fuerte)

ROS Software Maintainer: Clearpath Robotics

Husky A200 is a rugged, outdoor-ready unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), suitable for research and rapid prototyping applications. All of Husky's basic capabilities are exposed through the clearpath_husky stack.

To install the software on your control computer, first ensure that you have Fuerte installed. Then grab the Husky stacks using package management:

sudo apt-get install ros-fuerte-husky-robot

If you would like to use an overlay instead, you can prep one by running:

rosinstall OVERLAY_NAME https://raw.github.com/clearpathrobotics/clearpath_husky/master/husky_fuerte.rosinstall

Depending how you want to use Husky, there are two recommended approaches for using the Husky stack.

Ad-hoc

For computers which are only sometimes used for Husky, it makes sense to start everything you want, when you want it. Ensure that the robot is powered on, and the USB->Serial adaptor is connected. Then run:

roslaunch husky_bringup base.launch port:=/dev/ttyUSB0

Now plug in a joystick, and in another terminal, run:

roslaunch husky_bringup teleop.launch

Hold button 1 (the deadman switch) and you should be driving.

Installed

When you're setting up a computer to be embedded in Husky, you probably want the base nodes to come up automatically on startup. When you buy a computer from Clearpath with your Husky, it will come configured like this, but to do it yourself, follow these steps:

roscd husky_bringup/upstart
sudo ./install.bash

By default, this will launch on the IP of the eth0 interface, as user "administrator", and using the launch files in husky_bringup/launch/core. To change any of these elements, edit the install.bash script. If you wish to launch additional software on startup (for example, sensor drivers or a teleop script), copy the launch files into that directory and re-run the install script.

Now you can start the service and run teleop:

sudo service husky-core start
roslaunch husky_teleop teleop.launch

The husky-core service is now installed and will now start automatically when the eth0 interface comes up (on boot, if you assign it a static IP or plug it into an onboard router).

Beyond

When you're ready to mount more sensors and equipment, the onboard 5V, 12V, and 24V power supplies will provide the necessary juice to your payloads.

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Library Overview

Basic Configuration

Component

ROS package/stack

Robot-specific Messages

clearpath_base

Hardware Drivers

Component

ROS package/stack

Actuator Drivers

clearpath_base

Sensor Drivers

clearpath_sensors

Simulation and Support

URDF & Gazebo models

husky_description

Dead Reckoning

husky_bringup

rviz Interactive Markers

husky_interactive_markers

High-Level Capabilities

Component

ROS package/stack

Teleop

clearpath_teleop

Basic Localization

husky_localization

Mapping, Localization, Navigation

husky_navigation

Media


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