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FORCE REFLECTING JOYSTICKS FOR MANIPULATOR CONTROL

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
6737
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6737
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Meridian Corp.
4300 King St #400 Alexandria, VA 22302
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: FORCE REFLECTING JOYSTICKS FOR MANIPULATOR CONTROL
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $499,553.00
 

Abstract:

A PERMANENT NEED EXISTS FOR HUMAN CONTROL OF MANIPULATORS IN HIGHLY UNSTRUCTURED ENVIRONMENTS. THE JOYSTICK IS A KEY ELEMENT IN THE INTERFACE BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE. A PRIMARYOBJECTIVE IS TO TRANSLATE FORCES EXPERIENCED BY THE MANIPULATOR AS DIRECTLY AS POSSIBLE TO THE JOYSTICK; A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES EFFICIENCY. SEVERAL FORCE REFLECTING JOYSTICKS ARE IN EXISTENCE. THIS STUDY PROPOSES TO DEVELOP A NEW, EFFICIENT, LOW-PRICED FORCEREFLECTING JOYSTICK BASED UPON DEFICIENCIES NOTED IN THE EXISTING MECHANISMS. THIS JOYSTICK WILL BE BASED UPON THE SIX DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM STEWART PLATFORM. HIGH FORCE FEEDBACKFIDELITY WILL BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE INSTALLATION OF A FORCE MEASURING CELL IN THE JOYSTICK HANDGRIP.

Principal Investigator:

Mark D Bryfogle

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Meridian Corp.
4300 King St #400 Alexandria, VA 22302

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