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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-3017
Agency Tracking Number: F093-002-0808
Amount: $98,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-002
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
DUNS: 830994492
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Dilworth
 (321) 276-0380
Business Contact
 Bhargav Gajjar
Title: Founder
Phone: (321) 276-0380
Research Institution
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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