With its Reconnaissance and Surveillance Teamed Robot (RSTR), international ground robotics leader Roboteam has blurred the distinction between unmanned ground and air vehicles and, in so doing, has perhaps eliminated some of the shortcomings of each.

Showing an updated, production configuration of the world’s first “flying UGV” at this week’s Global EOD Symposium, Roboteam North America CEO Shahar Abuhazira explained that the RSTR allows a custom hexacopter to carry, deliver, retrieve, and return to base the company’s proven Individual Robotic Intelligence System (IRIS) UGV.  Both air and ground elements are controlled via Roboteam’s ROCU-7 common controller.

Indeed, Abuhazira explained that the company’s IRIS LR (Long Range) deployed from the RSTR incorporates a host of system performance enhancements, including an improved video camera, extended comms range, and a new battery that provides the throwable system more than 3.5 hours of endurance.

As this video illustrates, the man-portable RSTR provides operators with the ability to leverage the inherent advantages of both ground and air platforms for ISR missions.  Says Abuhazira: “RSTR offers the best of both worlds.  We are seeing a lot of interest in the RSTR from DoD, and have sold a number of units.  We believe that interest in the system will only grow as operators come to understand its unique utility and contributions to their missions.”