SpinnerBot

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,594.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-04-C-R273
Award Id:
68800
Agency Tracking Number:
04SB1-0306
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
137 Delta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
017018289
Principal Investigator:
NoelletteConway
President and CEO
(412) 968-1022
noellette@automatika.com
Business Contact:
NoelletteConway
President and CEO
(412) 968-1022
noellette@automatika.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop a highly capable disaster-response robotic system called SpinnerBot for use in confined and/or collapsed-structures for survivor search, site-investigation and -assessment. SpinnerBot will: 1) Provide for a small and light footprint and have a user-friendly GUI; 2) Allow for long-term deployment of at least 12 hours or more; 3) Be capable of carrying crucial sensor-modalities (visual, chemical, etc.); 4) Be capable of accessing and climbing up/down convoluted and confined spaces; 5) Be capable of real-time control of 'buried' ranges no less than 100 feet; 6) Be simple and inexpensive to purchase and use. SpinnerBot will consist of an articulated tethered platform capable of climbing and rappelling with the use of a tensionable member and a user-selectable locomotor - very much akin to a spider or mountain climber. The platform will carry on-board vision & chemical sensors, which can access internal locations with the help of an extremely capable articulating frame/suspension with exchangeable running-gears. The system can operate with wheels, legs, or even treads, which are rapidly interchangeable on site. Such a system does not exist today and SpinnerBot can provide a solution that could dramatically impact current robotic vehicle capabilities in terms of search-and-rescue and structure inspection.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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