Alaska’s New Robot Aurora Set to Revolutionize Airport Safety

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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities introduced its latest technological marvel, a new robot Aurora.

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The cutting-edge robot is designed for operations at the Fairbanks airport and remote airports across the state.

“Fairbanks is leading the country with wildlife mitigation through the use of Aurora. Several airports across the country have implemented robots for various tasks such as cleaning, security patrols, and customer service,” Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) spokesperson Danielle Tessen announced.

Alaska’s New Robot Aurora

Aurora is poised to become a game-changer in wildlife management and airport safety.

Aurora was developed by Boston Dynamics for an estimated $70,000, funded through a federal grant. What makes Aurora truly unique is its custom design by Alaskan graphic artist and DOT&PF employee, Andrea Deppner. 

 Aurora’s exterior is meant to depict Alaska’s northern lights. And has colors ranging from deep indigo to emerald-green across a metallic frame. Deppner also customized replaceable panels to disguise the robot as a coyote or a fox.