Ground Mobility and Landing Gear for a Bird-Sized Perching Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$98,943.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-10-M-3017
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-002-0808
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-002
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VISHWA ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LLC
25 BENNETT ST, BRIGHTON, MA, 02135
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830994492
Principal Investigator:
Peter Dilworth
Founder
(321) 276-0380
info@vishwarobotics.com
Business Contact:
Bhargav Gajjar
Founder
(321) 276-0380
bhargav@mit.edu
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current MAV platforms suffer from lack of a landing gear that enables perching and ground mobility to support Recharging (or Energy Harvesting) and/or Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Minimizing the number of actuators, while providing perching and ground mobility, is a very hard problem. To solve these challenges, Vishwa Robotics & Automation (VRA) proposes experimenting with several high level concepts for perching and Ground Mobility. We plan to build several experimental lightweight prototype mechanisms with claws and appendages, with small servo actuators, or bistable solenoids, or springs, or a combination of these technologies, to enable different modalities. For perching, we propose concepts to land on ledges and on branches and other cylindrical objects like wires. For ground mobility, we present concepts that utilize modifications of perching mechanisms to save weight to enable ambulation on branches, wires, ledges etc BENEFIT: Potential Commercial Applications include: Remote-control climbers, crawlers, flyers etc., for tasks such as bomb sniffing,emergency search & rescue, border patrol and flying perching toys.

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