High Mobility Robotic Platform with Active Articulated Suspension

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$62,847.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-11-C-0066
Award Id:
97991
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-135-0305
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-135
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
18422 South Broadway, Gardena, CA, 90248
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
185400574
Principal Investigator:
Todd Mendenhall
Chief Technical Officer
(310) 467-2194
Todd.Mendenhall@cox.net
Business Contact:
Valerie Mendenhall
Business Manager
(310) 467-2189
Valerie.Mendenhall@cox.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This proposal describes the development of highly versatile rough terrain robotic transport for use as a squad support vehicle. Extensive use of commercial components and assemblies will allow a vehicle with purpose designed capabilities to be rapidly created and tested for a modest cost. The design includes a central prime mover to provide power to all wheels for high bandwidth traction control. In addition, the active suspension allows the vehicle weight to be distributed where necessary to climb and traverse steep slopes and large obstacles, Payloads can be accommodated both internally and externally on the transport depending on its susceptibility to environmental extremes. A master computational resource distributes JAUS compatible state commands to individual wheel controllers. The resulting vehicle exceeds all program requirements and could be ready for field testing is a very short period of time.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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