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Ground Mobility and Landing Gear for a Bird-Sized Perching Micro Air Vehicle…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
97062
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-002-0808
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-002
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VISHWA ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LLC
32 Orvis Road 27-4176489 Arlington, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Ground Mobility and Landing Gear for a Bird-Sized Perching Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-10-M-3017
Award Amount: $98,943.00
 

Abstract:

Current MAV platforms suffer from lack of a landing gear that enables perching and ground mobility to support Recharging (or Energy Harvesting) and/or Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Minimizing the number of actuators, while providing perching and ground mobility, is a very hard problem. To solve these challenges, Vishwa Robotics & Automation (VRA) proposes experimenting with several high level concepts for perching and Ground Mobility. We plan to build several experimental lightweight prototype mechanisms with claws and appendages, with small servo actuators, or bistable solenoids, or springs, or a combination of these technologies, to enable different modalities. For perching, we propose concepts to land on ledges and on branches and other cylindrical objects like wires. For ground mobility, we present concepts that utilize modifications of perching mechanisms to save weight to enable ambulation on branches, wires, ledges etc BENEFIT: Potential Commercial Applications include: Remote-control climbers, crawlers, flyers etc., for tasks such as bomb sniffing,emergency search & rescue, border patrol and flying perching toys.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Dilworth
Founder
3212760380
info@vishwarobotics.com

Business Contact:

Bhargav Gajjar
Founder
3212760380
bhargav@mit.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

VISHWA ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LLC
25 BENNETT ST BRIGHTON, MA 02135

EIN/Tax ID: 010925000
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No