The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $10 million contract to Endeavor Robotics for the company’s lightweight, expandable, battle-proven FirstLook® robots.
This latest award for a large number of FirstLooks follows two contracts worth more than $24 million Endeavor recently captured to supply the Marines with the company’s ‘back-packable’ SUGV robot.
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More than 1,000 FirstLook robots have been fielded worldwide to military, law enforcement and industrial customers.
The five-pound, ‘throwable’ FirstLook can be dropped roughly 20 feet onto concrete without sustaining damage.
It’s often used to clear buildings, detect IEDs, and a top choice for confined spaces like caves, tunnels and crawl spaces.
Day/night cameras and two-way audio allow the FirstLook to act as ‘eyes and ears,’ giving operators greater stand-off distance from potential threats.
FirstLook also can climb over seven-inch obstacles and automatically rights itself when flipped over.
The Endeavor Robotics FirstLook throwable, rugged, and expandable robot provides immediate situational awareness, performs persistent observation and investigates dangerous and hazardous material while keeping its operator out of harm’s way.
- CAN SURVIVE 16 FT (5 M) DROPS ONTO CONCRETE
- WEIGHS 5.2 LB (2.4 KG)
- FOUR DAY AND NIGHT CAMERAS WITH ZOOM AND ILLUMINATION; TWO-WAY AUDIO
- SUPPORTS CAMERAS, SENSORS, MANIPULATORS, AND DISRUPTORS
- CAN REACH SPEED OF 3.4 MPH (5.5 KM/H)
- CLIMBS OBSTACLES UP TO 7” (17.8 CM) HIGH, OVERCOMES CURBS, TURNS IN PLACE, AND SELF-RIGHTS WHEN FLIPPED OVER
“FirstLook is a small robot with a big technology punch,” explains Endeavor Robotics President Tom Frost.
“It gives the Marine Corps an advanced, multi-mission robot that’s rugged, easy to carry, and offers greater communications range through superior networked radios.”
“We’re proud the Marines have chosen Endeavor’s FirstLook to complement the midsize SUGVs already on order,” added Frost.
“Whatever their mission or choice of robot, these two technology solutions help the Corps keep Marines out of harm’s way while accomplishing their combat duties.”
FirstLooks delivered to the Marines will come equipped with Endeavor Robotics’ uPoint® Multi-Robot Control System.
uPoint’s interoperable technology, featuring a common tablet-based controller the Marines also use for the SUGV, sharply lowers operator training time.
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