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Multi-Mode Mobility for Micro-Platforms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67674
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-177-1126
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Architecture Technology Corporation
9977 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Multi-Mode Mobility for Micro-Platforms
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0250
Award Amount: $99,572.00
 

Abstract:

Recent military efforts have illustrated the difficulty for conventional weapons to find and defeat "hard-targets" that are concealed, guarded, mobile, or even buried. Examples include underground hardened bunkers, cave/tunnel systems, and mobile SCUD launchers. Robotic micro-platforms could be used to find, collect data, track, and even defeat such targets, but the robots need to be nimble, agile, well coordinated, and possess an intelligence for achieving its mission. Missions would require the micro-platforms to be able to land in the area, move around and over the terrain/objects/debris, and then leave the area (preferably on their own ability). To solve this problem, a distributed robotics, micro-platform concept (hardware platforms, sensors, software architecture) is proposed that allows a swarm of heterogeneous robots to be sent into a search area, and perform hard-target reconnaissance missions. This proposed effort focuses on the hardware component, and specifically on the multi-mode mobility scheme for such a robotic platform. In Phase I, we will use our team experience in unmanned vehicles and robotics to investigate various ground and air mobility mechanisms, and their combinations. A multi-mode mobility suitable for the hard-target domain will be identified, and further analyzed. Initial designs for a Phase II prototype will be created.

Principal Investigator:

John R. Budenske
Staff Scientist
9528295864
jbudenske@atcorp.com

Business Contact:

Kenneth J. Thruber
President
9528295864
kthurber@atcorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
9971 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344

EIN/Tax ID: 411403674
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No