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Intelligent Robo-Pallet

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Stratom Inc.
5375 Western Avenue Suite A Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Intelligent Robo-Pallet
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-5163
Award Amount: $99,999.00


Stratom is proposing the development of a system that will significantly increase cargo airlift sortie rates by automating the pallet-loading process for military aircraft. The initial design will be based on a 463L pallet. The system will be an automated guided vehicle (AGV) capable of withstanding 10,000 pounds at 8 g. Each robo-pallet will be capable of communicating with a central command location, and also other robo-pallets. Stratom engineers will spend the majority of the Phase I effort developing algorithms for the autonomous guidance of the vehicle through the loading facility. Additional work will be done to integrate multiple sensors in a simulation environment. BENEFIT: The immediate benefit from the robo-pallet will be an increase in sortie rates for airlift cargo handling missions. The robo-pallet will reduce damage to aircraft and also reduce the manpower needed for sorties. The system software will be easily transferable to commercial air cargo handling systems as well as other cargo handling units such as 20'and 40'containers used for ground shipping.

Principal Investigator:

Cory Dixon
Robotics Engineer
(720) 565-9609

Business Contact:

David Hoven
Program Manager
(720) 565-9609
Small Business Information at Submission:

Stratom Inc.
5375 Western Avenue Suite A Boulder, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 841592732
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No