Endeavor Robotics, the U.S.-based, leading ground robotics company has received an order for 32 of the battle-proven Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) equipped with the Endeavor Robotics uPoint Multi-Robot Control System.
Tech Sgt. David Dickey and Staff Sgt. Darrel Linkus, both 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsmen, prepare to send the Pacbot 310 robot down to the location of an improvised explosive device during a training exercise May 19, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. EOD Airmen are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. (Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño/Released)
To date more than 1,000 SUGV robots have been fielded worldwide to domestic and international defense, law enforcement, and industrial customers. The proven uPoint Multi-Robot control system greatly decreases on-robot training time by leveraging ubiquitous technology and familiar tablet-based user-interfaces. uPoint has been successfully integrated across the family of man-transportable Endeavor Robotics products, including the FirstLook®, SUGV, and PackBot®.
"All of us at Endeavor Robotics are singularly focused on the development, delivery, and sustainment of life-saving robot technology. The delivery of 32 SUGVs equipped with our uPoint Multi-Robot Control System advances the entire install base in terms of interoperability across the family of Endeavor Robotics' systems. These systems will augment the approximately 1,000 SUGVs already in use by our Armed Forces," said Sean Bielat, CEO. "We could not be more proud of the American warfighter and remain a dedicated partner to the United States Armed Forces."
The Endeavor Robotics SUGV has been in service across the United States Armed Forces since 2009, providing dismounted operations with a back-packable, easily deployable, rugged less than 20 lb robot. SUGV meets IP67 ratings, operates in all environmental conditions, integrates multiple sensors and hardware for increased capabilities, climbs and descends stairs, provides dexterous and robust manipulation and lift/inspection capabilities while also being capable of extending operational range through mesh networking with other deployed Endeavor systems.
The Endeavor Robotics uPoint Multi-Robot Control System consists of an Android™-based, rugged, tablet controller and Persistent Systems, LLC, MPU5 Radio network. The integration of the mesh networking with Endeavor Robotics robots is a force multiplier for our warfighters by significantly increasing the distance of unmanned ground operations and enabling operators to control or observe multiple robot assets through a common controller interface.