SELF-CONTAINED MINIATURE DEXTEROUS HAND

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$500,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1992
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
16952
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Bonneville Scientific Inc.
918 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT, 84105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 () -
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A MINIATUREROBOTIC DEXTEROUS HAND THAT WOULD AID IN THE EFFICIENT AUTOMATION OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS ON BOARD SPACE STATION. THE INNOVATIVE FEATURE OF THE DEXTEROUS HAND IS A SMALL BUT POWERFUL PIEZOELECTRIC MOTOR BUILT INTO THE FINGERJOINT TO PROVIDE FINGER ACTUATION. THE DEXTEROUS HAND TO BECONSTRUCTED IN PHASE II WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES: SMALL SIZE--TO FIT INTO CONFINED SPACES; LOW MASS--TO CONSERVE ROBOT PAYLOAD; ENERGY EFFICIENCY--TO ENSURE LOW POWER USAGE AND LESS HEAT REJECTION PROBLEMS; VERY SIMPLE MOTOR CONSTRUCTION--RELIABLE AND INEXPENSIVE; SELF-CONTAINEDACTUATORS--SIMPLE MECHANICAL INTERFACE FACILITATES CHANGE-OUT OF FINGERS; AMPLE SPACE IN THE FINGERS--TO ACCOMMODATE SENSORS LEADS, AND ELECTRONICS; LOSS OF POWER WHEN THE FINGERS GO LIMP--TO FACILITATE EXTRICATION FROM CAVITIES WITHOUT DAMAGING SURROUNDING OBJECTS; EXTENSIVE TACTILE SENSING CAPABILITY--TO ALLOW ADAPTIVE GRASPING AND DEXTEROUS MANIPULATION. THIS PROJECT WILL INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A MINIATUREROBOTIC DEXTEROUS HAND THAT WOULD AID IN THE EFFICIENT AUTOMATION OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS ON BOARD SPACE STATION. THE INNOVATIVE FEATURE OF THE DEXTEROUS HAND IS A SMALL BUT POWERFUL PIEZOELECTRIC MOTOR BUILT INTO THE FINGERJOINT TO PROVIDE FINGER ACTUATION. THE DEXTEROUS HAND TO BECONSTRUCTED IN PHASE II WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES: SMALL SIZE--TO FIT INTO CONFINED SPACES; LOW MASS--TO CONSERVE ROBOT PAYLOAD; ENERGY EFFICIENCY--TO ENSURE LOW POWER USAGE AND LESS HEAT REJECTION PROBLEMS; VERY SIMPLE MOTOR CONSTRUCTION--RELIABLE AND INEXPENSIVE; SELF-CONTAINEDACTUATORS--SIMPLE MECHANICAL INTERFACE FACILITATES CHANGE-OUT OF FINGERS; AMPLE SPACE IN THE FINGERS--TO ACCOMMODATE SENSORS LEADS, AND ELECTRONICS; LOSS OF POWER WHEN THE FINGERS GO LIMP--TO FACILITATE EXTRICATION FROM CAVITIES WITHOUT DAMAGING SURROUNDING OBJECTS; EXTENSIVE TACTILE SENSING CAPABILITY--TO ALLOW ADAPTIVE GRASPING AND DEXTEROUS MANIPULATION.

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