Endeavor Robotics secured a contract with the U.S government for 75 of its FirstLook robots, its third major contract with the government in six weeks.
“FirstLook is the most preferred lightweight reconnaissance robot in its class because of how easily and quickly it can be deployed while withstanding the abuse of ground operations,” president Tom Frost said in a press release. “It gives me great pride to know that we are doing our part each and every day to reduce human exposure to potentially lethal situations.”
The five-pound robot, which moves on treads, serves the military, law enforcement and energy industries and performs reconnaissance missions, clears buildings and detects IEDs using day/night cameras and two-way audio. Operators control the robot with a remote, and the machine can be thrown or dropped from 15 feet onto concrete without being damaged.
In August, the company received a $15 million order from the government for upgrades and accessories to support robotic systems already in use. Earlier in the month, the government purchased 32 small unmanned ground vehicles with the Endeavor Robotics uPoint Multi-Robot Control System, which decreases on-robot training time using technology and tablet-based user-interfaces.
“We are proud to respond to the needs of our customers,” CEO Sean Bielat said in a statement. “We are a highly responsive, customer-focused, agile company that stands positioned to rapidly provide upgrades, accessories, and new platforms whenever called upon by our customers. We remain ready 24/7 to meet the needs of our valued customers, helping them place distance between themselves and the incredible hazards that they bravely face each day.”