Dragon Runner 10 joins QinetiQ’s micro unmanned robot family
By Darren Quick
August 19, 2011
QinetiQ North America has unveiled its latest Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV) based on its Dragon Runner platform. The new Dragon Runner 10 (DR10) is built around the basic Dragon Runner design and is intended for military and first responder duties. At just 15 inches (38 cm) long, 13.5 inches (34 cm) wide and 5.8 inches (15 cm) tall, and weighing just under 10 pounds (4.5 kg), the DR10 is small and light enough to be carried in a standard-issue pack and be thrown into buildings and hostile environments for reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
With the ability to carry payloads of up to five pounds (2.3 kg), the DR10 is compatible with DR20 payloads and can be fitted with a variety of sensors, radios, cameras and a robotic arm. Its day and night sensors allow it serve as a team's forward eyes and ears, while also delivering remote sensors, setting counter-IED charges, gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance. It is controlled by a wearable controller at distances of up to 2,130 feet (650 m) and can be fitted with tracks or wheels dependent on the terrain to be covered.
When thrown, the DR10 has the ability to automatically flip video images, antennae and controls upon landing and it will travel at speeds of 4 mph (6.4 km/h) on slopes of up to 45°. Its standard battery will provide up to two hours of power, which can be supplemented by an external battery pack to provide over six hours of operation and a quick in-service recharge capability.
QinetiQ says the DR10 is suited for supporting small military units and patrols, as well as assisting first responder teams.