Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
We propose to develop a highly capable disaster-response robotic system called SpinnerBot for use in confined and/or collapsed-structures for survivor search, site-investigation and -assessment. SpinnerBot will: 1) Provide for a small and light footprint and have a user-friendly GUI; 2) Allow for long-term deployment of at least 12 hours or more; 3) Be capable of carrying crucial sensor-modalities (visual, chemical, etc.); 4) Be capable of accessing and climbing up/down convoluted and confined spaces; 5) Be capable of real-time control of 'buried' ranges no less than 100 feet; 6) Be simple and inexpensive to purchase and use. SpinnerBot will consist of an articulated tethered platform capable of climbing and rappelling with the use of a tensionable member and a user-selectable locomotor - very much akin to a spider or mountain climber. The platform will carry on-board vision & chemical sensors, which can access internal locations with the help of an extremely capable articulating frame/suspension with exchangeable running-gears. The system can operate with wheels, legs, or even treads, which are rapidly interchangeable on site. Such a system does not exist today and SpinnerBot can provide a solution that could dramatically impact current robotic vehicle capabilities in terms of search-and-rescue and structure inspection.
Small Business Information at Submission:
137 Delta Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15238
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