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Titan Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robot


 

The Technology

Small mobile robots have numerous life-saving military and civilian applications, such as remote monitoring, HAZMAT handling, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). But each new feature makes these “small” robots heavier, more complex, and more expensive ($80,000 - $120,000 each, plus maintenance and transport).

Titan EOD
Titan Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot

SARA's Titan EOD is a mini robot platform designed for explosive ordnance disposal and other missions requiring less payload and lifting capability – but at a much lower cost. Its technical features include the following:

  • Six independent gearmotors
  • Differential power steering
  • Secure 2.4 GHz 802.11g video link
  • Six hours of operation without charge on a rechargeable Li-Polymer battery; can be recharged during transit.
  • 12 VDC power and Ethernet or RS-232 connection to the vehicle processor and data link
  • Six-inch tires
  • Built-in disruptor and aimable camera
  • Dual, aimable barrels for firing standard explosive disruptors using the Royal Arms 1-inch form factor
  • Common switching functions are implemented on the Operator Control Unit
  • Equipped with a safe & arm system

Manuverable
Titan Disruptor Firing Demonstration
In this video, the disruptor was manually fired by the test range personnel
due to range safety rules
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The Applications

  • For EOD missions, the dual, aimable barrels can fire standard explosive disruptors using the Royal Arms 1-inch form factor.
  • Disruptor rounds can be used to force open packages, disable explosive charges, and destroy fuzing systems.
  • Determines the exact range to targets with an ultrasonic rangefinder, allowing exact aim through the video camera without parallax error.

The Advantages

  • With a video and control range of over 400 ft., the Titan EOD can perform a wide range of inspection and sensing missions in hazardous environments, including 90% of today’s EOD missions.
  • The 14” x 17” flat top permits easy installation and remote operation of sensors, carrying baskets, and custom payloads.
  • The six independent gearmotors provide high torque in grass, mud, and dirt and enable the robot to climb curbs and stairs without high-centering.
  • A low center of gravity prevents rollovers, while the differential power steering permits 180 degree turns within its own width.
  • Six-inch tires permit rapid inspections under cars, through parking lots, and under abandoned vehicles.
  • The built-in disruptor can be easily removed, allowing internal space for additional payload and the ability to build onto the aimable camera/disruptor mount.
  • Payloads can draw on the 12 VDC power and Ethernet or RS-232 connection to the vehicle processor and data link.
  • The disruptor rounds can be used to force open packages, disable explosive charges, and destroy fuzing systems.
  • The safe & arm system requires an active command sequence for safe firing.
  • The disruptor is disabled in the event of loss of control or video link, or in the event of robot motion during the arming sequence.

transportable
The Titan EOD robot in its case

  • Rugged, wheeled carrying case allows easy shipping and carrying.
  • Single-man portability allows transportation in any car trunk or military vehicle to where it is needed quickly.
  • Low cost permits more robots to be available for missions, to continue operations when a unit is down, and to make training easier and less expensive.
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