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Modular Robot For EOD, CBRNE Sampling, Reconnaissance or Laboratory Use


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CSIP
: 29 March, 2010  (New Product)
The Cameleon robot from CSIP is an adaptable unmanned ground vehicle of modular construction enabling it to be used in a variety of field applications including bomb disposal work and unmanned reconnaissance
Modular Robot For EOD, CBRNE Sampling, Reconnaissance or Laboratory Use
CSIP, part of the ECA Group, specialists in advanced robotics and intelligent solutions for Defence and Civil Security, has introduced its latest generation of unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the market. The Cameleon robot is a revolutionary small lightweight UGV designed to meet the latest homeland security requirements, which can be quickly adapted according to its mission.

The Cameleon robot benefits from a highly modular design allowing the user to rapidly fit the vehicle with various sub-assemblies. It exists in four different configurations, including the EOD, for suspicious package and explosive device processing, RECCE used for reconnaissance and sensitive site surveillance, CBRNE for sampling and CBRN data collection and finally the LAB configuration for laboratory and specific mission development. The end user can chose the most suitable arrangement for the task and the vehicle can be easily upgraded and adapted to meet any mission.

CSIP has also designed a number of options and accessories for the new generation Cameleon, including a 6-axis manipulator arm, fibre optic turret, high definition pan and tilt video camera, universal radiological and chemical sensor support, thermographic video camera support and x-ray and disrupter support, making the Cameleon one of CSIP's most a flexible vehicles, providing sustainable and adaptable use.

To ensure that the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) community has the tools it requires to counter the ever increasing threat from global terrorism, the new generation Cameleon has undergone development to reduce the operators overall mission time in dangerous operations by way of its modular design. Whilst still remaining at the forefront of capability and versatility in this rapidly developing market, the Cameleon CBRNE is already a favoured choice in France, with several of the new generation vehicles already in service.

The Cameleon CBRNE, used for sampling and CBRN data collection, has the ability to enter toxic areas to assess environmental conditions and collect gas and liquid samples for processing. The vehicle allows users to carry out observation, detection and safe area missions without the risk of exposure to the surroundings.

Cameleon CBRNE is predominantly used for missions including reconnaissance tasks, which the operator can perform from a safe distance, whilst allowing a third person to receive real time video footage through the high definition camera so the user can easily define the threat.

With multiple chemical and radiological sensors located on the robot, detection of hazardous substances can be achieved safely. Gas and liquid sampling with real time and post processing can be achieved with the Cameleon CBRNE and finally the other main mission that the robot is used for is aid and assistance. The vehicle has been designed to move over uneven and rough terrain, manoeuvring easily over obstacles and can climb stairs allowing the vehicle to perform inspection in inaccessible sites.

Cameleon CBRNE is lightweight, at just 30 kg, and uses the same mobile base as the Cameleon UGV robot, launched in 1999. The new generation, however, can be used for other missions, with a number of modules available. Such mission module modifications include autonomous indoor navigation and audio inspection, panoramic and telescopic cameras, surveillance modules, radiological and chemical measurement, smoke dispenser, as well as a 56 mm launcher and dropping arm mechanism.

Designed to perform various duties, the vehicle measures 670 mm (L) X 520 mm (W) X 190 mm (H), with two tracks and two front flippers allowing the operator to manoeuvre the vehicle in confined areas. CSIP's newest protection and support UGV has a maximum speed of 6 km/h and an obstacle clearance of up to 25 cm, whilst being chemical agent resistant, for use in extreme conditions.

The remotely controlled Cameleon CBRNE is easy to deploy with a working range of up to 500 meters by radio or 200 meters by fibre optic cable. The tablet PC command and control unit displays on a 10.4 inch touch screen for operators ease and two joysticks for precision manoeuvres. The Cameleon CBRNE also offers firing command safety and a microphone and speaker helmet for operator protection.

Due to the design and modular construction of CSIP's robotic machines and its flexible applications, it is possible to produce one off systems configured to suit customer requirements whilst keeping costs down.
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