High Speed Light Weight Omnidirectional Vehicle with Enhanced Manipulator Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,874.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-07-C-0064
Award Id:
77395
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-216-3509
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1946 South 1600 West, Young Ward, UT, 84339
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
964299791
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Berkemeier
Senior Research Scientist
(435) 755-2980
matt.berkemeier@autonomoussolutions.com
Business Contact:
Chris Brown
Business Development Manager
(435) 755-2980
chris.brown@autonomoussolutions.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is an urgent need for a man-transportable EOD robot which can quickly traverse the distance between its operator and the suspected UXO, perform manipulation tasks requiring high dexterity, and then quickly return. This proposal describes an innovative solution to this need called `Taz'. Taz will weigh 40 kg, be capable of 40 kph for up to 8 hours, and will offer high dexterity manipulation by including a fully omni-directional base with a 3 DOF manipulator. Sophisticated control software will make coordination of the base and arm movement transparent to the user; the user will be able to specify the 6 DOF motion of the gripper, and the base and arm will automatically comply to realize the command. Innovative design features beside the control will include the use of different drive motors on separate drive wheels to provide both low and high speeds while saving weight and the use of recent developments in power technology to provide high speeds, weight savings, and long durations of use. Autonomous Solutions has a history of building innovative robotic vehicles, many of which have had omni-directional capability. ASI has also been recently pursuing low-cost, high-capacity, accurate robot arms with sophisticated control for EOD applications.

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