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Liquid cooled viscoelastic actuation for robust legged robot locomotion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-17-C-0050
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0328
Amount: $2,499,902.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: H6.01
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-04-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-04
Small Business Information
3925 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78759
United States
DUNS: 080074031
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas Paine
 (512) 300-8171
Business Contact
 Bill Welch
Phone: (512) 917-8003
Research Institution
 University of Texas, Austin Human Centered Robotic
 Luis Sentis
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
United States

 (650) 906-1196
 Nonprofit College or University

Apptronik Systems in cooperation with the University of Texass Human Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL), Carnegie Mellon Universitys Robotics Institute and Italys National Research Institute (CNR), will collaborate to develop a new type of exoskeleton that is founded upon Apptroniks Visco-Elastic Liquid Cooled Actuator (VLCA). The fundamental goal of this program is the development of a powered exoskeleton that maximizes maneuverability and endurance while ensuring superior transparency. The program will leverage existing developments and build upon the most state-of-the-art innovations as a foundation on which to build the new exoskeleton. The program will start with the development of simple powered single degree of freedom prototypes in order to establish not only mechanical design but also the foundations of the control methodology. The prototypes will increase in complexity and degrees of freedom until the eventual creation of a Beta-Prototype that will be delivered to the government.

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