iRobot 510 PackBot

The iRobot 510 PackBot is a series of military robots by iRobot Corporation (USA). It is one of the most successful battle-tested robots in the world. Modular, adaptable and expandable, PackBot performs bomb disposal, surveillance/reconnaissance and a wide range of other dangerous missions while keeping armed forces out of harm’s way.[1][2][3]

iRobot 510 PackBot
iRobot 510 PackBot.   [4]

Chassis Specifications [2]

Equipment    Rugged, sealed hard case;
On-board computer with overheat protection;
8 payload bays;
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Speed    Up to 9.3 kph
Height    17.8 cm with no payload or manipulator
Width    40.6 cm without flippers;
52.1 cm with flippers
Length    68.6 cm with flippers stowed;
88.9 cm with flippers extended
Weight    About 10.89 kg without batteries

Manipulator 1.0 (510 3-Link Arm) has multiple pre-set positions, 8 independent degrees of freedom, extension – 187 cm, lifting capacity – 4.54 kg at full extension and 13.61 kg at close-in position. Small Arm Manipulator (SAM) has 3 independent degrees of freedom and extension – 60 cm.[2]

iRobot 510 PackBot is deployable by one person in less than two minutes. PackBot relays real-time video, audio and sensor data while the operator stays at a safe standoff distance. The robot uses a game-style hand controller for fast training and easy operation in the field. Operator Control Unit (OCU) has size 29.5 x 33.8 x 6.35 cm, its weight is 5.38 kg (laptop only) and 7.01 kg (includes hand controller, radio module antenna and wall charger), it is purposed for all-weather operation.[2]

PackBot is powered by two BB-2590/U lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, providing more than 4 hours of continuous runtime on one charge – up to 16 kilometers of travel. The robot easily climbs stairs, rolls over rubble, navigates narrow passages, traverses mud, rock, snow and other tough terrain.[2]

iRobot 510 PackBot accommodates a wide variety of interchangeable payloads that enable a wide variety of missions. The robot is quickly configured based on the needs of the mission and the operator’s preferences.[2]

Current PackBot 510 configurations include: [3]

EOD Bomb Disposal Kit    Designed for improvised explosive device identification and disposal.
Fast Tactical Maneuvering Kit    Created for infantry troops tasked with improvised explosive device inspection.
First Responder Kit    Designed to help SWAT teams and other first responders with situational awareness.
HazMat Detection Kit    Collects air samples to detect chemical and radiological agents.
Fido    Utilizes the Fido Explosives Detector from ICx Technologies as a payload in order to “sniff” out explosive materials.
REDOWL Sniper Detection Kit    Utilizes the Acoustic Direction Finder from BioMimetic Systems to localize gunshots with azimuth, elevation, and range.

PackBot is a modular, multi-mission robot. Powered by iRobot Aware 2 robot intelligence software, the robot’s digital architecture accommodates a wide range of interchangeable payloads, sensors and tools that enable a wide range of missions.[2] PackBots were the first robots to enter the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.[3] Now more than 4,500 PackBot robots have been delivered worldwide.[2]



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