MULTIDIMENSIONAL LADAR TRACKING AND ADAPTIVE GRASPING FOR SPACEBORNE PLATFORM ASSEMBLY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$662,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
1990
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
9490
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Autonomous Technologies Corp.
520 N Semoran Blvd - Ste 180, Orlando, FL, 32807
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Charlie Layne
 (407) 282-1262
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT IS DEVELOPING A ROBOT CONTROLLER THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE LIMITATIONS OF PREVIOUS ROBOT CONTROL APPROACHES. IT USES A RECONFIGURABLE 3-D IMAGING LASER RADAR (LADAR) IN THE LOOP CONTROL ALONG WITH A PARALLEL DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING SYSTEM. THE PARALLEL TRANSPUTER DISTRIBUTED PROCESSOR CONTROLS A RECONFIGURABLE LADAR AND A STANDARD 6 DEGREES OF FREEDOM ROBOT ARM TO PROVIDE EASILY CONTROLLABLE GRASPING IN A SPACE ENVIRONMENT. THE SYSTEM HAS THE ABILITY TO ADAPTIVELY GRASP OBJECTS SELECTED BY A HUMAN OPERATOR. THIS REQUIRES DEVELOPMENT OF ALGORITHMS WHICH TRANSLATE THE LADAR RANGE AND INTENSITY DATA INTO GRASPING COMMANDS. THE ALGORITHMIC TASK IS BROKEN INTO SUBTASKS DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE PARALLEL PROCESSORS. THE SYSTEM HAS STRONG ADAPTABILITY THROUGH A CAD REFERENCE GENERATOR WHICH PROVIDES DATA TO CORRELATION ALGORITHMS THAT DIRECT THE ROBOT. PATH PLANNING USES SCENE SEQUENCES RATHER THAN A DEFINED OBJECT PATH DEVELOPED FROM A SINGLE FRAME ANALYSIS. THIS ALLOWS HIGH SYSTEM ADAPTABILITY TO TIME-VARIABLE SITUATIONS IN THE ROBOT ENVIRONMENT. SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENTOF THIS ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM CAN HAVE SIGNIFICANT UTILITYIN COMMERCIAL ROBOTICS, MANUFACTURING, AND BIO-MEDICAL APPLICATIONS.

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