With development of the Spinner unmanned ground vehicle, an
NREC-led team delivered technical breakthroughs in mobility,
mission endurance and payload fraction.
DARPA created the Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV) program to develop vehicle prototypes based on novel designs unrestrained by the need to accommodate human crews. The resulting prototypes demonstrate advanced configurations and technology that are applicable to the US Army’s UGV design programs.
NREC with its three first level subcontractors (Boeing, Timoney
Technology and DRS-TEM) developed and tested Spinner, a highly
durable, invertible, six-wheel-drive, hybrid-powered vehicle
that responds to the need of a UGCV to surmount challenging
terrain obstacles, be easily teleoperated, and able to withstand
an occasional moderate crash and rapidly recover.
Spinner’s impressive field results in the final phase
of UGCV convinced DARPA to award a large follow-on program
named UPI that
integrates PerceptOR autonomy with the Spinner platform.