ROBOTICS MAINTENANCE TASK ASSESSMENT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$49,990.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
8928
Agency Tracking Number:
8928
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7611-b Willow Rd, Frederick, MD, 21701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DOUGLAS R BROWN
(301) 695-3828
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE USE OF NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL (NBC) WARFARE AGAINST U.S. ARMED FORCES WOULD DRASTICALLY REDUCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ARMY AVIATION UNITS BY DEGRADING VITAL MAINTENANCE CAPABILITIES. A REDUCTION IN THIS TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT MILITARY RESOURCE IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO PERFORM AN IN-DEPTH ASSESSMENT OF THE FEASIBILITY OF AND BENEFITS FROM THE USE OF STATEOF-THE-ART ROBOTICS TO ASSIST MECHANICS IN THE FIELD MAINTENANCE OF HELICOPTERS IN AN NBC ENVIRONMENT. ISOLATION AND REVIEW OF LITERATURE WHICH IS PERTINENT TO THE NBC-HELICOPTER PROBLEM WILL DETERMINE THE CURRENT STATE-OF-THE-ART OF ROBOTICS AS IT RELATES TO THE PROBLEM. AN ASSESSMENT WILL THEN BE MADE TO DETERMINE TECHNOLOGIES WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY CAPABLE OF ASSISTING IN PERFORMING CRITICAL MAINTENANCE TASKS WHICH HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED INCLUDE THE BENEFITS VS. SHORTFALLS, PAY-OFFS IN TERMS OF TIME/MANPOWER SAVINGS, INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY, EFFICIENCY, RELIABILITY, MAINTAINABILITY, AND OVERALL SYSTEMS EFFECTIVENESS.

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