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The design details of the Scorpion, the new multi-mission, ‘back-packable’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), was unveiled by Endeavor Robotics last December. The high-mobility UGV is intended to support explosive ordinance disposal, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Weighing less than 25lb (11.33kg) the UGV can be easily carried to the battlefields in a backpack. The operator can repair the vehicle by utilising 3D printed parts.
The robot that features advanced manipulation capabilities was designed and developed for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) program.
The UGV is designed to perform complex missions in the field. It is made of high-quality modern composite material, which enables it to resist harsh environments and challenging weather conditions.
High-quality tracks fitted to the UGV allow it to tread any challenging region with ease. The vehicle also features movable split tracks, which assist and support its movements on challenging terrains. The split tracks will be positioned alongside the main tracks when not in use, according to army-technology.com.
The Scorpion’s rugged design provides unparalleled capacity to bare impact upon fall. Its sophisticated software system allows for performing rollover and self-right itself in the event of drop or toppling upon encountering hurdles.
The open architecture design of the UGV enables the operator to configure the vehicle with multiple payloads for infantry operations, engineering missions, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence operations.
Scorpion UGV is fitted with a highly dexterous arm, which can perform challenging tasks with ease, including getting to hard-to-reach locations. It features a gripper and can be used for neutralising improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The robotic arm can be optionally fitted with an inline gripper camera, which provides a steady view to the operator while performing operations such as opening or unscrewing parts in remote locations.