nScorpion Mk.I Report


  1. Nordstrom, K.
  2. Gates, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Scientific Instrumentation Ltd, Saskatoon SASK (CAN)
This contract report documents the work accomplished during the contract W7702-05R071/001/EDM, entitled “Design and construct sensor and controller module for augmenting an existing explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot” undertaken by Scientific Instrumentation Limited (SIL). It covers the removal of the existing control system and nervous system to the Foster-Miller Talon EOD robot, although the previous system detail is excluded here, and replacement with a commercial off the shelf (COTS) control system. It demonstrated the ability to re-use an existing robot with a new command and control system without complete redesign. The delivered EOD robot is the basis of the nScorpion robot for 12RJ. The nScorpion Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) / Improvised Explosive Device (IED) robot system (northern scorpion - paruroctonus boreus) is an advanced demonstration robot intended to advance EOD/IED robotics state of the art. The project goal is to demonstrate autonomy for current robotics and augment soldiers’ and EOD/IED technicians’ capability. By implementing an open control system on top of the original gear motors, arm and chassis, it will allow apples- apples performance comparison with the existing EOD robots.
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-CR-2009-049 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2009
Number of Pages
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