ReconRobotics announced today a partnership with the high-profile Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) that should lead to exciting new developments in autonomous reconnaissance robots. The companies have signed a cooperative research and development agreement to “identify, evaluate and develop a range of mutually beneficial technologies,” efforts that will assist LANL in its mission-related activities for the U.S. Department of Energy and create value for ReconRobotics shareholders. Among the areas of research are systems related to sensing technologies, communications and autonomy.
ReconRobotics is known for its tactical micro-robot systems such as the Throwbot(R) XT, a throwable micro-robot weighing 1.2 pounds that provides both video and audio reconnaissance of dangerous or hostile environments. More than 2,000 of the company’s micro-robot systems are deployed by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, and in June the company announced an IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) contract with the U.S. Army for another 1,000 units. In addition, more than 500 law enforcement agencies around the world use these same systems to gain immediate situational awareness and greater standoff distance during high-risk SWAT and counter-terrorism operations.
LANL is a United States Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory, widely known as the Manhattan Project?s central research facility. With an annual budget of approximately $2.2 billion, the LANL conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology and supercomputing.Read More