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Compliant Surface Robotics

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2002 / SBIR
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Unmanned Systems Technology Laboratory
University of Idaho Research P Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814-0381
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Compliant Surface Robotics
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: DAAH01-02-C-R130
Award Amount: $0.00


"In Phase I, we conducted exploratory research into hybrid locomotive modalities toward achieving the Compliant Surface Robotics (CSR) goals. We researched technologies and designs that would enable a wheeled vehicle to be integrally designed with activelycontrolled articulated structures to develop a "morphable" vehicle, with over-determined legs, wheels and other motive actuator-articulated structure configurations. We examined scalable degrees of freedom and rapidly narrowed our system design down totwo possible eight-legged, eight-wheeled vehicle configurations, named Spyder. Spyder's mobility exceeds most CSR specifications, as extracted from the Tactical Mobile Robot program and documented in our program performance specification. We achieved ourPhase I objective. We now propose a 24-month effort to conduct advanced development to: - resolve critical design issues, - apply resolution to trade final concepts, -select a viable architecture, - build a fully operation prototype, and - demonstrateperformance against specification requirements. Included within Phase II, we will leverage MEMS sensor and command and control design architectures that we are developing in a separate effort towards a miniature underwater vehicle. Using those advances,we will develop a subset of MEMS based control design for Spyder toward improved endurance by minimizing hotel loads. Spyder will demonstrate weight less than 10 kg, range in excess of

Principal Investigator:

Dave Stone

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Chuck Riley
VP Business Developement
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Unmanned Systems Technology Laboratory
University of Idaho Research P Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No