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SELF-CONTAINED MINIATURE DEXTEROUS HAND

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
16952
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
16952
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BONNEVILLE SCIENTIFIC, INC.
P.O. Box 9497 Salt Lake City, UT 84109
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: SELF-CONTAINED MINIATURE DEXTEROUS HAND
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

THIS PROJECT WILL INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A MINIATUREROBOTIC DEXTEROUS HAND THAT WOULD AID IN THE EFFICIENT AUTOMATION OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS ON BOARD SPACE STATION. THE INNOVATIVE FEATURE OF THE DEXTEROUS HAND IS A SMALL BUT POWERFUL PIEZOELECTRIC MOTOR BUILT INTO THE FINGERJOINT TO PROVIDE FINGER ACTUATION. THE DEXTEROUS HAND TO BECONSTRUCTED IN PHASE II WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES: SMALL SIZE--TO FIT INTO CONFINED SPACES; LOW MASS--TO CONSERVE ROBOT PAYLOAD; ENERGY EFFICIENCY--TO ENSURE LOW POWER USAGE AND LESS HEAT REJECTION PROBLEMS; VERY SIMPLE MOTOR CONSTRUCTION--RELIABLE AND INEXPENSIVE; SELF-CONTAINEDACTUATORS--SIMPLE MECHANICAL INTERFACE FACILITATES CHANGE-OUT OF FINGERS; AMPLE SPACE IN THE FINGERS--TO ACCOMMODATE SENSORS LEADS, AND ELECTRONICS; LOSS OF POWER WHEN THE FINGERS GO LIMP--TO FACILITATE EXTRICATION FROM CAVITIES WITHOUT DAMAGING SURROUNDING OBJECTS; EXTENSIVE TACTILE SENSING CAPABILITY--TO ALLOW ADAPTIVE GRASPING AND DEXTEROUS MANIPULATION. THIS PROJECT WILL INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A MINIATUREROBOTIC DEXTEROUS HAND THAT WOULD AID IN THE EFFICIENT AUTOMATION OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS ON BOARD SPACE STATION. THE INNOVATIVE FEATURE OF THE DEXTEROUS HAND IS A SMALL BUT POWERFUL PIEZOELECTRIC MOTOR BUILT INTO THE FINGERJOINT TO PROVIDE FINGER ACTUATION. THE DEXTEROUS HAND TO BECONSTRUCTED IN PHASE II WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES: SMALL SIZE--TO FIT INTO CONFINED SPACES; LOW MASS--TO CONSERVE ROBOT PAYLOAD; ENERGY EFFICIENCY--TO ENSURE LOW POWER USAGE AND LESS HEAT REJECTION PROBLEMS; VERY SIMPLE MOTOR CONSTRUCTION--RELIABLE AND INEXPENSIVE; SELF-CONTAINEDACTUATORS--SIMPLE MECHANICAL INTERFACE FACILITATES CHANGE-OUT OF FINGERS; AMPLE SPACE IN THE FINGERS--TO ACCOMMODATE SENSORS LEADS, AND ELECTRONICS; LOSS OF POWER WHEN THE FINGERS GO LIMP--TO FACILITATE EXTRICATION FROM CAVITIES WITHOUT DAMAGING SURROUNDING OBJECTS; EXTENSIVE TACTILE SENSING CAPABILITY--TO ALLOW ADAPTIVE GRASPING AND DEXTEROUS MANIPULATION.

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Bonneville Scientific Inc.
918 E 900 S Salt Lake City, UT 84105

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