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High Performance Hydraulic Actuation for Mobile Robots

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Department of Defense
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2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: High Performance Hydraulic Actuation for Mobile Robots
Agency: DOD
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0147
Award Amount: $1,130,000.00


Robots offer the Army two principle benefits: allowing soldiers to work at a safe distance in dangerous situations, and performing simple, menial tasks so soldiers can do other work. Robots have had some successes with the first goal; however, there has been limited progress with using robots to free up soldiers for other tasks. Given the high demands placed on the Army''s force structure, there is pressing need to reduce personnel in support tasks, like logistics, in order to increase combat strength. Vecna Technologies is developing the BEAR (Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot), which combines powerful manipulators with a high-mobility platform. BEAR has more lift and carry strength than a soldier, while matching the soldier''s reach and cross-country mobility. The goal of the BEAR is to perform many of the simple, high-strength tasks in Combat Service Support, increasing the number of soldiers available for Combat Support and Combat Arms. BEAR can also be used in high-risk missions like rescue and battlefield extraction. In Phase II, Vecna will develop and test a new rotary actuator, then deliver it to the Army. The new rotary actuator will incorporate new energy-efficient hydraulic circuit design that reduces energy needs.

Principal Investigator:

Andreas Hofmann
Director of Machine Learn
(617) 864-0636

Business Contact:

Michael Bearman
Vice President and Genera
(240) 965-4500
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 522152399
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No