Jackal

UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLE

Jackal is a small, fast, entry-level field robotics research platform. It has an onboard computer, GPS and IMU fully integrated with ROS for out-of-the-box autonomous capability. As with all Clearpath robots, Jackal is plug-and-play compatible with a huge list of robot accessories to quickly expand your research and development.

Features

TURNKEY

Jackal’s onboard PC comes fully equipped so you can quickly sync ROS with an RVIZ GUI and Gazebo model. Skip weeks of setup and jump straight into your research with Jackal’s extensive demo code. With wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and wifi, Jackal is ready to go every time you turn it on.

POWERFUL & COMPACT

Add sensors, cameras and other accessories to Jackal’s simple mounting platform. Use the 5V, 12V or 24V power options and easily connect cables to the internal onboard PC. Looking to expand? The internal area is available for additional computing power or storage.

ALL-TERRAIN & WEATHERPROOF

Jackal is built from a sturdy aluminum chassis made with a high torque 4×4 drivetrain for rugged all-terrain operation. It has an IP62 weatherproof casing and is rated to operate from -20 Celsius or +45 Celsius. All connections pass through a compressed-foam cable management port for communicating with external payloads without needing a complex seal.

CUSTOMIZABLE

Choose from an extensive list of compatible sensors, cameras and other accessories to integrate via Jackal’s simple mounting interface. Use the 5V, 12V or 24V power options and easily connect to the internal onboard PC. The internal area is available for additional computing power or storage.

Tech Specs

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Size and Weight

External Dimensions 508 x 430 x 250 mm
(20 x 17 x 10 in)
Internal Dimensions 250 x 100 x 85 mm
(10 x 4 x 3 in)
Weight 17 kg
(37 lbs)
Maximum Payload 20 kg
(44 lbs)

Speed and Performance

Max Speed

2.0 m/s
(6.6 ft/s)

Run Time
(Basic Usage)

4 hours

User Power

5V at 5A, 12V at 10A, 24V at 20A

Drivers and APIs

ROS, Mathworks

Accessories

Configure a custom platform. Explore all Accessories.

MICO Manipulator

Kinova

 

LMS-111 Lidar

SICK

SMART 6-L GPS

NovAtel

Bumblebee Stereo Camera

Point Grey

Packages

The preconfigured packages offer everything needed to get started quickly. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Visit our full Accessories List.

 

Jetson TX2 Developer Package

We’ve partnered with NVIDIA to offer a Jackal built around the Jetson TX2: a fast, efficient computing device, ideal for robotics development. The JETSON TX2 developer package takes advantage of NVIDIA’s standard hardware interfaces and graphics processing capabilities. Built around a powerful GPU and loaded with 8GB of memory and 59.7 GB/s of memory bandwidth, the Jetson is the preferred computing platform for VSLAM, 3D imaging and machine learning applications.

Example Applications
FEATURED UPGRADES
Jackal exploration configuration

 

Explorer Package

The Jackal Explorer Package is designed for basic autonomous operation in both indoor and outdoor environments. Applications range from GPS waypoint navigation with laser-based collision avoidance, to indoor mapping and path planning. A powerful Mini-ITX computer system comes pre-installed with Linux and ROS; all component ROS drivers are installed and pre-configured.

Example Applications
Included Accessories
FEATURED UPGRADES
Jackal exploration configuration

 

 

Jackal Vision Package

The Jackal Vision Package includes two front-facing Flea3 cameras for stereo vision, an upgraded GPU graphics card and a high performance computer. This package comes with a pre-installed CUDA toolkit, and is fully supported with ROS, RViz (visualization), and Gazebo (simulator).

EXAMPLE APPLICATIONS
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
FEATURED UPGRADES
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Navigator Package

The Jackal Navigator Packagep combines a high-end RTK (real-time kinematic) GPS system with a long-range base station to enable localization accuracy to less than 1 in (2 cm) and remote communication up to 0.62 mi (1 km).

Example Applications
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
FEATURED UPGRADES
Jackal UGV RTK and Exploration Integrations

 

Jackal Manipulation

The Jackal Manipulator Package integrates the small light-weight 4-DOF Kinova MICO arm and includes a 2-finger gripper and torque, position and acceleration sensors in each actuator. This package is fully supported with ROS, MoveIt! (motion planner), RViz (visualization), and Gazebo (simulator).

EXAMPLE APPLICATIONS
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
FEATURED UPGRADES
Jackal UGV manipulation integration

Media

See the Jackal UGV in action.

Jackal Overview Video

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