Inflatable Casualty Retrieval Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41275
Amount: $99,569.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
727 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Jacobus, Ph.d.
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The construction of an inflatable robotic tether unit that will allow retrieval of field casualties is proposed. The unit can be teleoperated by the retrieval personnel to grapple objects or casualties at a distance while storing storage in a very compact form. The inflatable tether will require a very small storage volume, so that one or two units can be carried by the retrieval personnel. Other units can be deployed from secure point or vehicles. When deployed, each unit will have a sensorized end-effector for grappling, including camera, force tranducers, proximity sensors, and accelerometers. The experimental design proposed in Phase I is planned to prove the controllability of such inflatable structures in retrieval applications.

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