Six-Axis Force-Torque Transducer for Mars 2018 Mission

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CE65P
Agency Tracking Number: 114186
Amount: $124,895.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S5.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-02-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-08-13
Small Business Information
1031 Goodworth Drive, Apex, NC, 27539-3869
DUNS: 606753879
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dwayne Perry
 Principal Investigator
 (919) 772-0115
Business Contact
 Dwayne Perry
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (919) 772-0115
Research Institution
The use of automated robotic tooling is required in a number of space missions. It is possible to have better tool control if the robotic arm could report loads experienced by the tooling.ATI Industrial Automation proposes to develop and prove technologies to be used in a low weight, low outgassing multi-axis force and torque transducer that can be used at cryogenic temperatures. The transducer will require strain gage excitation electrical power and output strain gage level voltage signals. These signals can be digitized and then mathematically transformed into values that represent the transducer's loads as forces in the X, Y, and Z axes and torques about the X, Y, and Z axes.The primary goal of this phase I proposal is to develop, produce, and characterize a proof of concept strain-sensing beam that can survive the harsh environments expected to be encountered on a Mars lander mission. The main challenges of this proposal are the development of a strain-sensing beam that can 1) survive and operate over wide temperature ranges, and 2) operate at low atmospheric pressure with minimal outgassing.

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