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MUNITIONS LOADING VIA A ROBOTIC STEWART PLATFORM UNDER CLOSED LOOP CONTROL

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4138
Amount: $175,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1987
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
4300 King St #400
Alexandria, VA 22302
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark D Bryfogle
 (703) 998-0922
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Research Institution
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Abstract

THIS STUDY INVESTIGATES THE ENHANCEMENT OF AIRCRAFT MUNITIONS LOADING PROCEDURES. PRESENTLY, MUNITIONS ARE TRANSPORTED FROM THE FLIGHT LINE TO THE AIRCRAFT ON A BOMB LIFT TRUCK EQUIPPED WITH A ONE DEGREE OF FREEDOM (DOF) LIFTING ARM. THE ARM CAN RAISE THE MUNITIONS TO THE CORRECT HEIGHT, BUT THE REMAINING FIVE POSITION DOF ARE ACHIEVED MANUALLY THROUGH THE FLEXURE OF THE ARM OR BY REPOSITIONING THE TRUCK BENEATH THE AIRCRAFT. THIS SLOW MANPOWER INTENSIVE PROCESS WILL BE GREATLY ENHANCED BY RETROFITTING THE TRUCK WITH THE HIGH PAYLOAD SIX DOF STEWART PLATFORM UNDER CLOSED LOOP CONTROL. THIS STUDY WILL INCREASE SUBSTANTIVE KNOWLEDGE OF CLOSED LOOP MANIPULATOR CONTROL AND THE DYNAMIC CAPABILITIES OF THE STEWART PLATFORM. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE STEWART PLATFORM WILL HAVE COMMERCIAL APPLICATION AS A JET ENGINE MOUNTING DEVICE.

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