NREC designed and developed the Crusher vehicle to
support the UPI program's
rigorous field experimentation schedule.
program features quarterly field experiments
that assess the capabilities of
large scale, unmanned ground vehicles
(UGV) operating autonomously in a
wide range of complex, off-road terrains.
UPI's aggressive mobility, autonomy
and mission performance objectives
required two additional test platforms
that could accommodate a variety of
mission payloads and state of the art
the next generation of
the original Spinner
the world's first greater-than-6-ton,
cross-country UGV designed from the
ground up. Crusher offers more mobility,
reliability, maintainability and flexibility
than Spinner, at 29 percent less weight.