LOW COST HIGH EFFICIENCY WALKING ROBOTIC VEHICLE (WRV) DESIGN

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4305
Amount: $274,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15-f Woodland Ave, Bloomfield, CT, 06002
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Nikolay Shkolnik
 (203) 242-7354
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Research Institution
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Abstract
AT PRESENT THE PROBLEMS OF OBTAINING A LOW COST, HIGH EFFICIENCY LEGGED VEHICLE ARE HAMPERING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRULY MOBIL, INTELLIGENT ROBOTS, CAPABLE OF LOCOMOTION SIMILAR TO OR SURPASSING THAT OF HUMANS. THESE ROBOTS COULD IDEALLY BE SUITED FOR USE IN AN ENVIRONMENT TOO HAZARDOUS FOR HUMANS, SUCH AS REACTOR CAVITIES IN THE NUCLEAR PLANTS WHERE LEVEL OF BACKGROUND RADIATION IS EXTREMELY HIGH OR IN THE VARIOUS SECURITY SYSTEMS. ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT POINT IS THAT MOBILITY ISSUES ARE OF FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND ROBOTICS IN GENERAL. THIS PROGRAM, IN PHASE I, WILL ESTABLISH SPECIFIC DESIGN PARAMETERS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW COST, HIGH EFFICIENCY AND HIGH POWER-TOWEIGHT RATIO WALKING VEHICLE WITH LEG'S GEOMETRY BASED UPON THE MODIFIED PEAUCELLIER'S MECHANISM. PHASE II WILL INCLUDE THE DETAILED DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND TESTING OF A GENERAL PURPOSE WALKING ROBOTIC VEHICLE (WRV).

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