AUTOMATED AMMUNITION LOADING OF COMBAT VEHICLE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3601A Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN, 37920
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 R.L. Andrews
Phone: (615) 986-9405
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE CURRENT STATE OF ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY IS FAR FROM THE GOAL OF AUTOMATED INTELLIGENT BEING. IN THE INDUSTRIAL SCENARIO WHERE MUCH OF THE CURRENT CURRENT ROBOT DEVELOPMENTHAS BEEN APPLIED, MOST ROBOTS ARE LITTLE MORE THAN ADVANCED NUMERICAL MACHINES. LIMITED FEEDBACK SENSING AND CONTROL HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A MAJOR LIMITATION OF CURRENT ROBOT TECHNOLOGY. AUTOMATED OR SEMI-AUTOMATED AMMUNITION LOADING OF COMBAT VEHICLES REQUIRES A SYSTEM WITH SUFFICIENT INTELLIGENCE AND MOBILITY TO EFFECTIVELY LOCATE, IDENTIFY AND TRANSFER A LIMITED NUMBER OF DEVICES OF VARYING SIZE, WEIGHT AND SHAPE. ONE APPROACH IS TO SUBDIVIDE THE PROBLEM INTO TWO SYSTEMS. THE FIRST SYSTEM LOCATES A LOADING ARM IN WITHIN REACH OF A PALLET OR COMBAT VEHICLE. THE SECOND SYSTEM OPERATES AT CLOSE RANGE USING PROXIMITY AND TOUCH SENSORS TO LOCATE AND GRASP OR DEPOSIT AMMUNITION. THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES A PROJECT TO RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEM OF THE SECOND TYPE. A NOVEL SOFT END EFFECTOR SYSTEM (SEES) IS PROPOSED WHICH OPERATES FROM A JOINTED MANIPULATOR ARM AND CONTAINS A SENCITIVE ARRAY OF SENSORS FOR BOTH PROXIMITY AND TOUCH SENSING AND FEEDBACK CONTROL. AT CLOSE PROXIMITY AND UPON CONTACT, OBJECT SHAPE IS PERCEIVED. THE GRASPING AND PLACING FUNCTIONS ACCOUNT FOR SLIP DETECTION AND PREDETERMINED (PROGRAMMED) CORECTIVE ACTION CAN BE MADE WITHIN SYSTEM DESIGN CAPACITY.

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