High Speed Light Weight Omnidirectional Vehicle with Enhanced Manipulator Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-08-C-0211
Agency Tracking Number: A062-216-3509
Amount: $725,463.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-216
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
990 North 8000 West, Petersboro, UT, 84325
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matt Berkemeier
 Senior Research Scientist
 (435) 755-2980
Business Contact
 Chris Brown
Title: Business Development Mana
Phone: (435) 755-2980
Email: chris.brown@autonomoussolutions.com
Research Institution
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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