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Autonomous Robotic Munitions Loader

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA3002-19-P-A115
Agency Tracking Number: F191-004-0562
Amount: $74,186.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-004
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-06
Small Business Information
P.O Box 10520 3500 South Park Drive
Jackson, WY 83002
United States
DUNS: 128363145
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Viola
 Director of Engineering
 (307) 734-0211
Business Contact
 Robert Viola
Phone: (307) 734-0211
Research Institution

The Air Force has an acute need for a next-generation munitions handling technology to replace its current fleet of aging bomb-lift vehicles. The goal of this effort is to develop and deploy a compact, rugged, highly versatile system capable of supporting all current and planned weapons systems. The proposed Autonomous Robotic Munitions Loader (ARML) is a high-payload robotic handling system capable of performing munitions uploading and downloading tasks with unprecedented speed and precision. The use of flexible robotics allows a single handling system to accommodate a wide array of weapon geometries and to maneuver these weapons within the space constraints imposed by a variety of airframes. The ARML is predicated upon an innovative robotic manipulator uniquely well suited to these ordinance handling tasks. This “Tri-Sphereâ€Â Robot possesses six degrees-of-freedom and has exceptional resolution, a generous work envelope and a payload capacity in excess of 18,000 lb. A Phase I feasibility study will conclusively demonstrate the effectiveness of adapting the Tri-Sphere technology for munitions loading tasks and will develop a roadmap for introduction of the ARML into Air Wing Operations.

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