Intelligent Robo-Pallet

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-5163
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-159-2586
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-159
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Stratom Inc.
5375 Western Avenue, Suite A, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
087030545
Principal Investigator:
Cory Dixon
Robotics Engineer
(720) 565-9609
cory.dixon@stratom.com
Business Contact:
David Hoven
Program Manager
(720) 565-9609
david.hoven@stratom.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Stratom is proposing the development of a system that will significantly increase cargo airlift sortie rates by automating the pallet-loading process for military aircraft. The initial design will be based on a 463L pallet. The system will be an automated guided vehicle (AGV) capable of withstanding 10,000 pounds at 8 g. Each robo-pallet will be capable of communicating with a central command location, and also other robo-pallets. Stratom engineers will spend the majority of the Phase I effort developing algorithms for the autonomous guidance of the vehicle through the loading facility. Additional work will be done to integrate multiple sensors in a simulation environment. BENEFIT: The immediate benefit from the robo-pallet will be an increase in sortie rates for airlift cargo handling missions. The robo-pallet will reduce damage to aircraft and also reduce the manpower needed for sorties. The system software will be easily transferable to commercial air cargo handling systems as well as other cargo handling units such as 20'and 40'containers used for ground shipping.

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