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Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design details and images of its Scorpion UGV, being developed for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme. 

In April 2018, Endeavor was selected as one of two finalists to provide the army with a new multi-mission, back-packable UGV weighing less than 25lbs. Potentially worth more than $400 million, the contract to build up to 3,000 robots is scheduled to be awarded early in 2019.

The rugged Scorpion UGV can traverse rough terrain, climb stairs and operate in wet or submerged environments. Scorpion’s manipulator arm lifts up to 15lbs, extends 24in and rotates 360° for improved reach. The UGV’s seven cameras provide high-definition day/night situational awareness. The easy-to-use touchscreen has picture-in-picture video streaming and offers multiple camera angles, plus preset poses to rapidly position the robot.

Scorpion’s open-architecture design allows it to be configured quickly for explosive ordnance disposal, infantry, engineer or CBRN missions. Built of lightweight composites, the robot can be repaired in the field using 3D-printed parts. Scorpion’s controller with uPoint and MOCU-4 software allows operators to view and control other UGVs, as well as UAS, for improved battlefield awareness.

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