Multipurpose Automated Steward (MAS): A Versatile System for Autonomous Shipboard Cleaning

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$399,315.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-11-C-4137
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-123-1105
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N092-123
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
ProtoInnovations, LLC
5453 Albemarle Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217-1132
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621287403
Principal Investigator:
Dimi Apostolopoulos
Member&Chief Scientist
(412) 916-8807
da1v@protoinnovations.com
Business Contact:
Dimi Apostolopoulos
Member&Chief Scientist
(412) 916-8807
da1v@protoinnovations.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ProtoInnovations is developing a reliable, capable, and manufacturable autonomous shipboard cleaning system to unburden ship crews from the most laborious daily cleaning tasks. Our system, known as the Modular Automated Steward (MAS), features: Versatility to work in any shipboard environment thanks to its suite of cleaning implements. Our MAS design allows for quick change-out of individual cleaning tools or utility modules that contain multiple cleaning tools. Modularity to be quickly disassembled and easily hand-carried up ladders or through tight passageways to deliver at the next job. Maintainability and manufacturability through elegantly simple chassis, drivetrain, and power design. Intelligence to work reliably and effectively alongside busy crews, through complex spaces, and in real-world environments. Unlike other autonomous vehicles, MAS is designed to work alongside personnel in the same room. It doesn"t wander through the ship, haphazardly avoiding objects. Rather, MAS automatically cleans around active work areas without direct oversight, prioritizing less-traveled areas first and requesting access from personnel if necessary. It will reliably maintain safe standoff distances from personnel and equipment at all times and across lighting conditions.

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