Robotic Surrogate

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22808
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1313 5th Street SE, #221, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Elling Rosheim
 (612) 379-3808
Business Contact
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Research Institution
NASA has requested a robotic surrogate to work autonomously or to work alongside astronauts, for tool retrieval, space station construction, satellite maintenance and interplanetary habitat preparation for astronaut base camps. Human sizing, flexibility and fault tolerance are key needs that must be addressed. Proposed is a ten-axis robotic surrogate that is both highly dexterous and scaled to human proportions. Innovations include the development of an impact resistant elastomer composite shoulder that has the range of motion and flexibility of the human shoulder. Utilizing redundant actuators, it is fault tolerant and rugged. A new elbow design which is compact and lightweight is presented. Commercial applications are numerous and include prosthetics, animatronic figures, and sales to research laboratories. The Phase I deliverable will be one robotic surrogate with a base control system, and a final report. The report will include a complete print package of working drawings, and computer simulation and analysis data.

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