Defense has become an important early market for commercial robotics companies as autonomous and teleoperated platforms edge onto battlefields
ZDNet | By Greg Nichols for Robotics | May 9, 2018
The U.S. Marine Corps just awarded $10 million for a ruggedized "throwable" robot useful in situational assessment in tactical situations.
The platform is made by Endeavor Robotics, which was previously known as iRobot's Defense & Security Business Unit. iRobot spun the unit off and sold to Arlington Capital in 2016.
Endeavor recently landed two additional Marine Corps contracts totaling $24 million, a sign of the growing role defense interests are playing in the robotics industry. Another Endeavor robot was named one of two finalists in an Army down-select competition that will anoint a common man-packable (sub-25 pound) ground robot for Army deployment.