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EATR: Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
6345
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6345
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY, INC.
11424 Palatine Drive Potomac, MD 20854-1451
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: EATR: Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0292
Award Amount: $748,695.00
 

Abstract:

The purpose of the proposed project is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions. The system, known as the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) T, obtains its energy by foraging - engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like, energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating. It can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable. The EATR system consists of four main subsystems: (1) an autonomous intelligent control system and sensors; (2) a manipulator system consisting of a robotic arm and end effectors; (3) a hybrid engine system consisting of a biomass combustion chamber, a Stirling (i.e., external combustion) engine, and a multi-cell rechargeable battery; and (4) a platform system consisting of a robotically-modified High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The proof-of-concept demonstration will focus on the ability of the EATR to recognize biomass sources of energy from non-energy materials, properly manipulate and ingest the biomass materials into the engine system, and generate electrical power to operate the various subsystems.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Finkelstein
Principal Investigator
3019834194
RobertFinkelstein@compuserve.com

Business Contact:

Robert Finklestein
President
3019834194
RobertFinkelstein@compuserve.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY, INC.
11424 Palatine Drive Potomac, MD 20854

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