The US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme finalist Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design details of its new multi-mission, ‘back-packable’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).
Known as Scorpion, the Endeavor robot weighs less than 25lb and features advanced mobility and manipulation capabilities.
Endeavor is one of the two finalists chosen to share the $429m engineering, manufacturing and development contracts under the US Army’s CRS-I programme.
Under the final contract, scheduled to be awarded early next year, the selected firm will be required to produce up to 3,000 robots.
Endeavor Robotics CEO Sean Bielat said: “If selected for CRS-I, the Scorpion robot will be used by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), infantry and other soldiers to help our military take on tomorrow’s challenges today.
“In the same way every army unit has long had a soldier designated to carry a radio on his or her back, fighting units will soon include a robot operator with a Scorpion-like UGV carried in their rucksack.”
To be built with an open-architecture design and lightweight composites, Scorpion will feature a universal controller with uPoint and MOCU-4 software, easy-to-use touchscreen, seven cameras, and a manipulator arm.
Scorpion’s arm is designed for improved reach and can extend 24in, lift up to 15lb, and rotate 360° while its cameras provide the operator with high-definition day and night situational awareness. The operator can repair the robot in the field using 3D-printed parts.
The rugged robot can be reconfigured to suit different mission requirements, with the ability to navigate rough terrain, climb stairs, and operate in wet or submerged environments.
Bielat added: “We’ve packed all our battle-tested expertise building unmanned vehicles into this innovative new system.
“Scorpion represents a powerful combination of smart technology and superior engineering.”