A Biologically Inspired Morphing Micro Air-Land Vehicle (MMALV)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,636.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8651-05-C-0097
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-177-2871
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
BIOROBOTS, LLC
2589 Euclid Heights Blvd. #3, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
122660363
Principal Investigator:
Richard Bachmann
President
(216) 246-0148
rjbachmann89@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Roger Quinn
Director of Engineering R
(216) 368-3222
rdq@case.edu
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
BioRobots proposes the development of a Morphing Micro Air-Land Vehicle (MMALV), capable of transforming from aerial to terrestrial locomotion, to maximize situational awareness for U.S. warfighters. Terrestrial locomotion is based upon the Mini-Whegs platform, recognized as one of the most agile micro-robots today. Aerial locomotion is based upon the University of Florida Micro Air Vehicle (UF-MAV), which has proven itself among the most efficient MAV platforms to date. The integration of these platforms will grant MMALV unprecedented locomotion and surveillance capabilities. In Phase I of this work BioRobots proved feasibility through: 1) Fabrication and flight-testing of three multi-mode mobile prototypes, each possessing improved aerial and terrestrial mobility, and 2) Production of two wing-folding MAVs for seamless air-to-ground mobility transition. Phase II will expand on this success to produce a field-ready MMALV. MMALV will be capable of flying to a target, landing, morphing its shape, crawling around a target area, performing surveillance, and relaying information to warfighters in a time critical manner. A modular sensory system will facilitate mission specialization for MMALV deployment, and a semi-autonomous control system will ease the burden of operator oversight. Foundation for commercial markets will be laid through extensive evaluations by military personnel during facsimile MMALV deployments.

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