High Performance Hydraulic Actuation for Mobile Robots

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0147
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4031
Amount: $1,130,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-160
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 500, Greenbelt, MD, -
DUNS: 094078958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andreas Hofmann
 Director of Machine Learn
 (617) 864-0636
Business Contact
 Michael Bearman
Title: Vice President and Genera
Phone: (240) 965-4500
Email: mbearman@vecna.com
Research Institution
Robots offer the Army two principle benefits: allowing soldiers to work at a safe distance in dangerous situations, and performing simple, menial tasks so soldiers can do other work. Robots have had some successes with the first goal; however, there has been limited progress with using robots to free up soldiers for other tasks. Given the high demands placed on the Army''s force structure, there is pressing need to reduce personnel in support tasks, like logistics, in order to increase combat strength. Vecna Technologies is developing the BEAR (Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot), which combines powerful manipulators with a high-mobility platform. BEAR has more lift and carry strength than a soldier, while matching the soldier''s reach and cross-country mobility. The goal of the BEAR is to perform many of the simple, high-strength tasks in Combat Service Support, increasing the number of soldiers available for Combat Support and Combat Arms. BEAR can also be used in high-risk missions like rescue and battlefield extraction. In Phase II, Vecna will develop and test a new rotary actuator, then deliver it to the Army. The new rotary actuator will incorporate new energy-efficient hydraulic circuit design that reduces energy needs.

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