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Artillery System Turret Robotic Assist System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-21-P-0022
Agency Tracking Number: A205-179-0055
Amount: $199,854.12
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20-179
Solicitation Number: 20.5
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-11-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-08
Small Business Information
3741 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1655
United States
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Beach
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Margaret Press
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

Cybernet proposes to leverage our extensive history with robotic system development for munition handling applications to develop an Artillery System Turret Robotic Assist System (ASTRAS) that is capable of supporting turret tasks related to the fire mission to improve the overall rate of fire that can be achieved with current and next generation munitions. Specifically, we intend to investigate a process for preparing munitions (such as installing and setting fuzes), moving munitions and charges from the ready rack to the breech, loading the munitions and charges into the breech, and ultimately firing the cannon (or preparing for fire if manual fire process is desired).     While the main goal of the ASTRAS is to increase the rate of fire for self-propelled howitzers, it will have additional benefits. First, it will decrease solder injuries (including long-term repetitive strain injuries) by removing the need to rapidly lift and move heavy artillery shells. Second, it will increase soldier survivability by reducing the overall number of soldiers in a vehicle and at risk. Third, it will decrease the number of soldiers per vehicle making it possible to field more units without increasing overall force size.

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