Active Electromechanical Suspension System for Planetary Rovers

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10RA82P
Award Id:
95661
Agency Tracking Number:
090092
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
T1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10532 Grand Oak Circle, Austin, TX, 78750
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806337460
Principal Investigator:
JosephBeno
Principal Investigator
(512) 918-1496
j.beno@cem.utexas.edu
Business Contact:
JosephBeno
President & CEO
(512) 918-1496
Research Institute:
University of Texas, Center for Electromechanics
Joseph Beno
P.O. Box 7726
Austin, TX, 78713
(512) 471-6424

Abstract
Balcones Technologies, LLC proposes to adapt actively controlled suspension technology developed by The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics (CEM) for high performance off-road vehicles to address STTR 2009-1 Subtopic T1.02, Information Technologies for Intelligent Planetary Robots. In particular, our team will develop a concept design for an actively controlled ElectroMechanical Suspension (EMS) system, including algorithms, software and hardware, that dramatically improves mobility for MER to MSL scale rovers. Our system exploits and adapts approximately $25M of highly successful active suspension R&D at CEM since 1993. It also exploits CEM's experience developing electromechanical systems for space applications gained during NASA funded programs to develop flywheel energy storage system technology for the International Space Station. Finally, it exploits our team's extensive experience migrating University technology to commercially viable manufacturable products. Relevant features of our anticipated solution include:

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