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The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) conducted an Operational Experimentation (OpEx) of the Knight robot on July 29, 2015, at a New York City Police Department facility at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York. First responder evaluators from law enforcement agencies and fire departments in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland took part in this event.
The Knight is a commercially available unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) produced by WM Robots, LLC (WMR) that is designed for explosives detection and removal. It is equipped with an independently controlled surveillance camera arm and a seven-joint manipulator arm that can lift a maximum of 60 to 300 pounds, depending on the degree of arm extension. The manipulator arm has a gripper tool, a pan/tilt camera, and numerous ports and mounting brackets for connecting lights, sensors and other devices. The UGV, surveillance arm, and manipulator arm can be operated wirelessly via separate, dedicated controls at standoff distances exceeding 600 meters.