ReconRobotics is the world leader in tactical, micro-robotic systems. Worldwide, more than 1,200 of the company’s robots have been deployed by the U.S. military and international friendly forces, as well as the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the U.S. Marshals, DEA, Border Patrol, FBI and ATF. Warfighters use the company’s miniature Recon Scout® ThrowbotTM devices to identify hidden threats, minimize collateral damage and gain immediate situational awareness within hostile environments.
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The company was formed in 2006 to commercialize micro-robotics technology developed at the University of Minnesota Distributed Robotics Laboratory under funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation. The goal was to create a robot that was so small, durable and mobile that it could become the personal robot of a dismounted soldier, providing immediate situational awareness when it is needed most. Today, ReconRobotics markets its Recon Scout robot systems through a distribution network in more than 30 countries.
ReconRobotics is a private, investor-owned business that has an outstanding history of growth and innovation. The company has multiple robotics-related patents issued and pending, and has a proven track record of reacting swiftly to the needs of warfighters with new products that keep its robotic systems at the forefront of military robotics. Its engineering and design teams are among the most highly regarded in the robotics industry.
Recon Scout robots are distinguished from all others by their small size, exceptional durability and ease of use. For example, the Recon Scout XT weighs just 1.2 pounds, and yet it can survive throws of 120 feet and can easily move across cluttered indoor environments and landscapes of dirt, sand and rocks. The stealthy XT is also equipped with an automatic infrared optical system that allows warfighters to see in complete darkness. The robot can be deployed in just five seconds and, once deployed, it can be directed to move through the environment and transmit video to a two-pound handheld Operator Control Unit (OCU), enabling warfighters to gain critical situational awareness before they enter the environment. And, unlike larger and more difficult to deploy robotic systems, the ease of use of the Recon Scout maintains the tempo of operation as warfighters clear routes and buildings.
Recon Scout XT robot and OCU
A soldier throws a Recon Scout XT robot through a hatch on to the roof
The company has four Recon Scout variants, ideally suited to military use:
Recon Scout Throwbot – 1.2 lbs, for use indoors using ambient light
Recon Scout IR – 1.2 lbs, for use indoors, equipped with infrared optics
Recon Scout UVI – 1.2 lbs, for searching vehicle undercarriages
Recon Scout XT – 1.2 lbs, for use indoors or outdoors, day or night
In addition, ReconRobotics manufactures and distributes a portfolio of accessories that increase the versatility of its robot platforms. Among these are field charging devices that allow warfighters to charge their robots using standard BA5590 battery systems, and lightweight field repair kits that permit quick replacement of key components without removing the robot from the field of operation. The company also recently introduced the Recon Scout SearchStickTM, a telescoping pole that is equipped with powered jaws that are used to grasp the robot. This system enables warfighters to use the robot as a pole camera to search over compound walls and into windows, culverts, attics and crawl spaces. In addition, ReconRobotics provides customized Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) documents that allow warfighters to immediately incorporate their Throwbots into their doctrine.
A soldier surveys the other side of a wall using a Recon Scout XT robot and the Recon Scout SearchStick pole.
The Board of Directors of ReconRobotics is one of the company’s strongest assets and plays a vital role in guiding the company’s growth and development.
Alan Bignall, President and CEO of ReconRobotics, joined the company in mid-2006 as the inventors spun it out of the University of Minnesota.
Major General Charles H. Swannack, Jr. is the CEO of US Logistics Inc. Previously MG Swannack served for six months as the Deputy Commander, XVIII Airborne Corps, and commanded the 82nd Airborne Division from 2002-04.
Philip S. Walter is the former CEO/CFO of Altera Law Group. He served in the United States Army as an Infantry member, Airborne Ranger and in the Special Forces.
Andrés (Drew) Brugal is the President of Vision Systems International, LLC, a leading supplier of Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems for fixed-wing tactical aircrafts. He served in the US Navy for 26 years before retiring as the Chief Operating Officer (Executive Officer) of the USS Ronald Reagan.
Michael Dougherty is the General Manager, International, at Polaris Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles.
Denny Schulstad is a retired Air Force Brigadier General and an elected member of the Minneapolis City Council. The Secretary of Defense appointed him to be Minnesota State Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Patrick J. McKinney is the Chief Operating Officer at ReconRobotics. Previously, McKinney was the Vice President and General Manager of the Wafer Handling Business Unit at Entegris, Inc.
Alan Bignall, President and CEO
Ernest Langdon, Director of Military Sales, U.S.
Barry ET Harris, MBE, Director of International Business Development