Robotic Vehicle Proxy Simulation

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CA22C
Agency Tracking Number: 094326
Amount: $749,968.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: X1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-06-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-06-15
Small Business Information
MA, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA, 02138-4946
DUNS: 007341493
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James English
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 401-7090
Business Contact
 Neil Tardella
Title: COO
Phone: (617) 401-7090
Research Institution
Energid Technologies proposes the development of a digital simulation to replace robotic vehicles in field studies. It will model the dynamics, terrain interaction, sensors, control, communications, and interfaces of a robotic vehicle with the goal of supporting validation and training. The simulation will be very easy to use by simple execution on a networked PC. It will connect to NASA's robot-control frameworks and be easy to configure using a drag-and-drop interface. It will be thorough in its ability to model a range of environments, from terrestrial to lunar, and through its ability to provide accurate sensor and truth data for analysis. It will include simulation of communication latency and bandwidth restrictions. Sensors will be modeled through a powerful plugin interface that supports tying stimulation of new sensor modalities to terrain and objects. The effort will include the development of robot, sensor, and environment models tailored to the simulation of field-study vehicles, and it will emphasize mimicking the network interfaces used by NASA. The proxy simulation will be able to model multiple and disparate robots simultaneously. Energid will implement and deliver a complete, executable system and an underlying C++ software toolkit.

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