Foster Miller Talon Operations

loutclankedIA et Robotique

13 nov. 2013 (il y a 8 années et 3 mois)

327 vue(s)

Bryan Mason

Professor Fang

MIS 304




Miller, Inc., is a technology and product development company with an
international reputation for delivering and supporting innovative products and
systems that perform under the most demanding conditions.

TALON Ground Robotics includes four “families” of Robots

Easily distinguished by size: small, medium, large and extra large

All controlled with one new Digital Control Unit (DCU)

Family of Military Robots

Dragon Runner™ (15 to 50 lb)

TALON® (80 to180 lb)

MAARS™ (300 to 400 lb)

CX (5,000 to 6,000 lb)

Products & Services

How are TALON robots different from other robots on the market?



easily transported.



TALON robots are built to last.



TALON is the fastest robot on the market.

High payload capacity


term system versatility optimizes investment.



Climbs stairs, negotiates rock piles, plows through snow.



Easiest robot to operate; joystick controls; quad screen display.

Outstanding situational awareness


Can hold up to four color cameras.

Withstands repeated decontamination

Can withstand many decontaminations.

Long battery life


Has the longest battery life of all man
portable robots.

Best service history


Easy to maintain and sustain.

Software program SURC enables the following capabilities:

• Seamless integration between operators and multiple unmanned assets

• Automatic discovery of available unmanned assets in the network and their capabilities

• Command and control using MIL
STD symbology and mission creation lexicon

• User
replaceable software modules to add additional tactical, user interface, control capabilities.

OCU/Robot Communications

Wireless Options

• Digital data/analog video (standard), 500 to 800m line of sight (LOS) digital video (optional)

• High gain antenna (optional) extends range to 1200m LOS

Fiber Optics

• Buffered cable 300m

Handheld Version of SURC

SURC User Interface

Soldier Universal Robot Controller Software

Dragon Runner™ (15 to 50 lb)

Originally developed for the U.S. Marines

Weighs 14 lb and measures 12.2 x 16.6 x 6 in

Gives user’s the ability to “see around corners”

Can add treads, flippers, cameras, sensors, and/or arms

Can be used for under vehicle inspections, to climb buildings, etc.

TALON® (80 to180 lb)

Controlled through a two
way radio or fiber optic line

OCU (Operator Control Unit) can be portable or wearable

One of the fastest robots, easily keeps pace with a running soldier

Can travel through sand, water, and snow (up to 100 feet deep) as well as climb stairs

Transmits in color, black/white, infrared, and/or night vision to its operator up to 1,000 m

MAARS™ (300 to 400 lb)

(Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System)

Uses the more powerful M240B medium machine gun

MAARS is a ROV (remotely operated vehicle)

Significant improvements in command and control, situational awareness,
maneuverability, mobility, and safety, compared to its predecessor

MAARS is not autonomous

CX (5,000 to 6,000 lb)

(Tactical Amphibious Ground Support System

Common eXperimental)

The overall TAGS
CX concept is to have one general purpose

CX can be easily configured for a number of different missions

Capability not provided by any currently available unmanned ground system

TALON robots have been in continuous, active military service since 2000

Used in Bosnia for the safe movement and disposal of live grenades

Only American
made robots successfully used at Ground Zero in search and recovery

First military robots taken into Afghanistan during action against the Taliban

Were on the ground in Kuwait when coalition forces massed in 2003

Have been in Iraq since performing EOD/IED (improvised explosive device) missions

Where have TALON Robots been used?

SWORDS (talon family) cost

approx. $230,000

Train a US soldier (Armor or Cavalry) cost

approx. $100,000 to $200,000.


Miller are currently at work on a "Game Boy" style
controller with virtual
reality goggles for future operators

Robots Run Amok?

The thought of robots motoring around with deadly weapon systems mounted on
them is disturbing to many people. Could a robot go berserk and start shooting at
people indiscriminately?

Military officials and robot designers say this is almost impossible. The robots
don't operate autonomously very often, relying on remote human operators
most of the time. Even if a robot with a gun were allowed to operate on its own,
and it did go out of control, the push of a button on the control unit is all that
would be needed to reboot the robot to safe mode.

Video: http://www.foster


Sources Cited



(technical site) http://www.foster