A System for Automatic Handling of Munitions Pallets

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$740,872.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
32879
Agency Tracking Number:
32879
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 12696, Research Triangle, NC, 27709
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Donald R. Myers, Ph.d.
(919) 781-8148
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed work will investigate ethe feasibility of using a robotic device to automate loading and off-loading munitions from the FARV-A. The objective of the effort is to evaluate the utility of a teach-by-showing technique for this application that learns from the methods and strategies of a teleoperator, and to eventually produce a sensor-driven program that can run a robot without operator intervention. In essence, a robot initially controlled in a teleoperated manner could then be run semiautonomously by unskilled personnel. THis technology would permit support personnel who are not skilled in conventional robot programming languages to develop and use robot programs. The technique generates a procedural program, identical in function to a procedural program developed in a conventional robot programming language, that can be easily reused in similar but different application tasks. A second innovation offered by this proposal is the use of a simple, high-speed vision system to assist with munitions location and acquisition. The vision system uses a specially designed target label consisting of a bar code and framing border to simplify the location and acquisition of munitions pallets.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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