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Innovative, Biologically Inspired Design for Highly Integrated Micro Vehicles…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67676
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-177-2102
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Research Inc
4415 Euclid Avenue Suite 500 Cleveland, OH 44103-3757
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Innovative, Biologically Inspired Design for Highly Integrated Micro Vehicles with Multiple Modes of Locomotion
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0252
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Orbital Research Inc. and Theiss Aviation, Inc., propose the development of a novel micro vehicle with multiple modes of mobility that uses biological inspiration to yield an efficient and robust architecture necessary to effectively imbue a vehicle with multiple modes of locomotion. To realize this design, we propose to tightly integrate both locomotion mechanisms via the established principles of biologically inspired design so that the mechanisms have the largest possible number of common structures between them. This reduces the need for locomotion mode specific structures within the design and facilitates the accomplishment of the disparate mobility modes within the highly constrained footprint of a micro vehicle. The use of multi role structures and mechanisms also provides an inherent path for the reuse of actuators and power train elements and therefore tremendously improves the concomitant weight and power constraints of this design. In addition, the principles of biologically inspired design will be used, not only to produce highly integrated locomotion mechanisms, but also to essentially embed a large portion of the mechanisms' control algorithms within the mechanisms themselves. The innovations in mechanism and control design described in the proposed work will enable the development of highly integrated and optimized systems that increase the robustness, flexibility and capability of the vehicle.

Principal Investigator:

Rich Kolacinski
Director, Controls Group
2166490399
kolacinski@orbitalresearch.com

Business Contact:

Frederick J. Lisy
President
2166490399
lisy@orbitalresearch.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ORBITAL RESEARCH, INC.
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500 Cleveland, OH 44103

EIN/Tax ID: 341672688
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No