Endeavor Robots Wins $10M Contract for throwable robots to the US Marine Corp

FirstLook Robot help complete missions for US Marines

(May 7, 2018) Endeavor Robotics, the world’s leading supplier of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), announced that the U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $10 million contract for the company’s lightweight, battle-proven FirstLook® robots.

First Look Robot

Endeavor FirstLook Robot (image from the Endeavor Robotics website)

This latest award for a large number of FirstLooks follows two contracts worth more than $24 million that Endeavor recently captured to supply the Marines with the company’s ‘back-packable’ SUGV robot.

“FirstLook is a small robot with a big technology punch,” said 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.”

More than 1000 FirstLook robots have been deployed worldwide by various agencies. The robot can be dropped safely from 20 ft, and it is designed to be easily throwable through a window or onto a rooftop, where it can provide intel on the enemy or the situation at hand. It included day and night cameras and a remote microphone to listen to the robots surroundings.

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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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at moitzman@wtwhmedia.com.