"Hi, Everyone. Let's Pitch In 'N' Get Cracking Here In Louisiana Doing Right, Eh?"
"HyDRAS-Ascent (Hyper-redundant Discrete Robotic Articulated Serpentine)"
This is brilliant and well worth the cost of development. Perhaps "ASCENT" could have stood for "ASsisted Climbing / Envelopment Neural Technology".
Or they could have had SUPA-SNakE ("Strangely Undulating Perpetually-Angulated Sinister NAKed Eel").