The Department of National Defence conducts research into the utility of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV).
The long term goals of this research is develop a UGV that is not only capable of navigating from point A to B using
obstacle avoidance and path planning techniques, but which can also learn trafficability factors from its environment as it traverses varying types of terrain.
DRDC-Suffield has undertaken a research project to advance the state of the art in unmanned ground vehicle capabilities and
has issued a number of sub-contracts in support of this objective. The nScorpion Project consists of modifying a Foster-Miller TalonExplosive Ordinance Disposal Robot (EODR)
to remove some proprietary electronics and add more functionality.
The new electronics package, designated the Intelligence Module, will allow DRDC-Suffield Personnel
to integrate the modified Talon with other instruments and sensors to further their research.
The overall objective of the project was to modify a Foster-Miller Talon for use as an unmanned ground vehicle by DRDC-Suffield Personnel. To accomplish this goal, the following tasks were carried out:
The paramount concern during each of these tasks was to ensure that each modification made and that each component built would allow the Talon to function as an EOD robot and maintain the original level of performance.