‘Spider’ prototype wall climbing robot

Made by University of Southern Queensland in Queensland, Australia, 1998-1999.

John Billingsley, the Professor of Robotics at the University of Southern Queensland, began his career as a mathematician in Portsmouth in the UK. He developed auto-pilots for the aeronautical industry, and then went on to study control theory. He saw that the best way to apply control theory was via robotics. Professor Billingsley has developed many robots at the University of Southern Queensland, and advanced Australia’s standing in the area of Robotics.

Robotics is a field of mechanical aut...


Large prototype robot with angular body and four legs constructed from lengths of aluminium tubing and electronic wiring. Each leg features a suction plate or pad at the end to provide greater steadiness on different surfaces. The legs are articulated and allow the robot to walkand move.


1500 mm
2000 mm


The 'Spider' robot was conceived and made at the Department of Mechatronics, University of Southern Queensland, Australia, 1998-1999.

The robot was developed by Professor Billingsley and his students when students began expanding on work Professor Billingsley had done earlier in the UK. Professor Billingsley had designed robots called NEROs (Nuclear Electric Robots) that could climb vertical surfaces so they could access highly hostile and inaccessible environments in nuclear reactors. 'Spider' was developed for potential application in the areas of security, cleaning, surveillance, and assessing and repairing inaccessible areas of construction and engineering.
University of Southern Queensland 1998-1999


Gift of the University of Southern Queensland, 2011
26 August, 2011

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'Spider' prototype wall climbing robot 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <https://ma.as/422094>
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