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Schafer has been involved with design, development, and production of the Multi-function Agile Remote Control Robot (MARCBot) since 2006. The MARCBot-IV-N is a specific vehicle configuration that utilizes a digital, encrypted communication system designed by Schafer Corporation.
Our communication package for the MARCBot-IV-N has roots in network communication systems we designed and delivered to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Our communication system for the MARCBot-IV-N provides extended range, command and control, complemented with strong situational awareness views and software-defined control of the vehicles. Our MARCBot communication package successfully underwent safety, environmental, and interoperability qualification testing for the Robotic Systems — Joint Program Office (RS-JPO). Schafer has delivered more than 1,000 software packages for the MARCBot-IV-N to our prime contractor partner, Applied Geo Technologies (AGT) in Choctaw, MS, for ultimate delivery to the U.S. Army. The MARCBot system description is available at The MARCBot system description.
Schafer is continuing our product developments in this area. Network communication is an active area of research and development within Schafer. We continually develop and test communication system upgrades for our robotic programs and customers. Current focus areas include mesh network communications, ad hoc networks, multicasting and simulcasting, system interoperability, airborne system integration, and special operational missions of interest.