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Open Call for Robotics, 3D Printing, Autonomous Systems, and Other Immersive Training Solutions with Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/Solutions with a Clear Air Force Stakeholder Need

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA3002-19-P-A170
Agency Tracking Number: F191-004-0562
Amount: $1,660,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-004
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-10-31
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

Munitions loading is a critical element of Air Wing Operations. However, as airframes and weapons evolve, it becomes ever more difficult to adapt the rudimentary lifting technology of existing loaders to modern positioning demands. “Our legacy lift equipment is no longer an effective agile solution creating a mission support gap affecting combat lethality and readiness for adaptive basing.” A family of compact, rugged, highly versatile systems capable of supporting current and planned weapons systems is proposed. A Material Handling Unit—Tri-Sphere (MHU-TS) is a high-payload robotic handling system capable of performing munitions 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 MHU-TS is predicated upon an innovative robotic manipulator uniquely well suited to these ordinance handling tasks. This Tri-Sphere Robot possesses six degrees-of-freedom, has a generous work envelope and payload capacity in excess of 18,000 lb. Phase I conclusively demonstrate the effectiveness of the Tri-Sphere technology for munitions loading tasks and developed a road-map for introduction of the MHU-TS into service.

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