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Six-Axis Force-Torque Transducer for Mars 2018 Mission

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
114186
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
1031 Goodworth Drive Apex, NC 27539-3869
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Six-Axis Force-Torque Transducer for Mars 2018 Mission
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CE65P
Award Amount: $124,895.00
 

Abstract:

The use of automated robotic tooling is required in a number of space missions. It is possible to have better tool control if the robotic arm could report loads experienced by the tooling.ATI Industrial Automation proposes to develop and prove technologies to be used in a low weight, low outgassing multi-axis force and torque transducer that can be used at cryogenic temperatures. The transducer will require strain gage excitation electrical power and output strain gage level voltage signals. These signals can be digitized and then mathematically transformed into values that represent the transducer's loads as forces in the X, Y, and Z axes and torques about the X, Y, and Z axes.The primary goal of this phase I proposal is to develop, produce, and characterize a proof of concept strain-sensing beam that can survive the harsh environments expected to be encountered on a Mars lander mission. The main challenges of this proposal are the development of a strain-sensing beam that can 1) survive and operate over wide temperature ranges, and 2) operate at low atmospheric pressure with minimal outgassing.

Principal Investigator:

Dwayne Perry
Principal Investigator
9197720115
dwayne.perry@ati-ia.com

Business Contact:

Dwayne Perry
Treasurer
9197720115
dwayne.perry@ati-ia.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
1031 Goodworth Drive Apex, NC 27539-3869

EIN/Tax ID: 561666693
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No