Clearpath Husky A100 bringup

asked 2020-01-16 23:09:20 -0500

amanso gravatar image

Has anyone worked with the Husky A100 before?

We are working on bringing up an old model of the Husky, the A100, whose lifecycle ended about 8 years ago. We managed to get it powered up and the internals seem to be in decent shape. We're now struggling to get the communication working since it didn't come with an on-board PC - we're planning to use a laptop instead.

There exist ISO images that will get the robot up-and-running (, but these are specific to the A200. There is also open-source code on Husky bring-up (, but I'm not entirely sure which release would work for us. There is also the question of which version of ROS to use as well (someone mentioned to me that it was fuerte).

Clearpath currently has support for their latest model of the Husky A200 but I've been in contact with one of their representatives and they don't support the A100 anymore due to its age. I am hoping that there is someone who has experience with the A100 robot to help/offer advice on getting communication working.

Any help will be much appreciated!


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Was Clearpath also not able to provide you with at least the information to let you make some progress?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2020-01-17 05:58:43 -0500 )edit

@gvdhoorn The problem is that most of the people working at Clearpath have not been around during the time the A100 was manufactured. They do have the user manual for it, but it assumes that I have a working on-board computer, which I'm missing. Here is a link to the user manual for reference:

amanso gravatar image amanso  ( 2020-01-17 10:44:20 -0500 )edit


Not sure how to do that, but it might help if you could reach out to labs/organisations that still have a A100 with computer. Perhaps the original software is still on it.

Perhaps try Twitter and @-mention the rosorg/openroboticsorg account? It has quite some reach.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2020-01-17 11:10:17 -0500 )edit

Sure thing, thanks for advice!

amanso gravatar image amanso  ( 2020-01-17 12:43:09 -0500 )edit