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A Biologically Inspired Morphing Micro Air-Land Vehicle (MMALV)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67675
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-177-2871
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BIOROBOTS, LLC
3030 E. 63rd St. #313 Cl, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: A Biologically Inspired Morphing Micro Air-Land Vehicle (MMALV)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0097
Award Amount: $749,636.00
 

Abstract:

BioRobots proposes the development of a Morphing Micro Air-Land Vehicle (MMALV), capable of transforming from aerial to terrestrial locomotion, to maximize situational awareness for U.S. warfighters. Terrestrial locomotion is based upon the Mini-Whegs platform, recognized as one of the most agile micro-robots today. Aerial locomotion is based upon the University of Florida Micro Air Vehicle (UF-MAV), which has proven itself among the most efficient MAV platforms to date. The integration of these platforms will grant MMALV unprecedented locomotion and surveillance capabilities. In Phase I of this work BioRobots proved feasibility through: 1) Fabrication and flight-testing of three multi-mode mobile prototypes, each possessing improved aerial and terrestrial mobility, and 2) Production of two wing-folding MAVs for seamless air-to-ground mobility transition. Phase II will expand on this success to produce a field-ready MMALV. MMALV will be capable of flying to a target, landing, morphing its shape, crawling around a target area, performing surveillance, and relaying information to warfighters in a time critical manner. A modular sensory system will facilitate mission specialization for MMALV deployment, and a semi-autonomous control system will ease the burden of operator oversight. Foundation for commercial markets will be laid through extensive evaluations by military personnel during facsimile MMALV deployments.

Principal Investigator:

Richard J. Bachmann
President
2162460148
rjbachmann89@yahoo.com

Business Contact:

Roger D. Quinn
Director of Engineering R
2163683222
rdq@case.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

BIOROBOTS, LLC
2589 Euclid Heights Blvd. #3 Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

EIN/Tax ID: 542078334
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No