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Stick-Um: Robotic Attachment to Moving Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36480
Amount: $98,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
350 Second Ave.
Waltham, MA 02154
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Arnis Mangolds
 (617) 684-4379
Business Contact
Research Institution

Foster-Miller proposes to build on its previous work on robotic attachment of packages to moving vehicles. It has found that a combination of acoustic and seismic with z-direction magnetic signature can positively identify the vehicle type as well as provide a decision for a launch point. We have also shown through experiment that a mechanical clamp, certain adhesives and magnetics, pyrotechnically launched, can attach themselves to vehicles moving 30 mph. A hybrid system including all three components is proposed as well as two different means of launching, including signature suppressed pyrotechnic and a wholly fluidic means. A robotic delivery vehicle based on the tracked Lemmings will bring the launch package to the launch site. The proposed Phase I effort will include all full scale hardware experiments of all of the critical subsystems.

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