Advanced Shipboard Mission Payload Handling System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-13-P-4029
Agency Tracking Number: N131-054-0766
Amount: $79,948.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-054
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Hstar Technologies
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, -
DUNS: 807676395
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yi-Je Lim
 Chief Operation Officer
 (617) 229-5748
 ylim@hstartech.com
Business Contact
 John Hu
Title: President
Phone: (617) 229-5748
Email: jjh@hstartech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Hstar proposes a mobile, advanced, agile, adaptable handling (A3-Hand) system for shipboard mission payload handling. On the LCS seaframes, A3-Hand"s ability to remotely load, unload and transport a wide variety of payloads in and around ISO containers and mission vehicles will immediately improve LCS"s operations efficiency. We anticipate that the A3-Hand platform can become a ubiquitous tool for both the military and industry. Our key innovations includes several components: a highly maneuverable Omni-directional mobile platform with an adaptable footprint, a highly reconfigurable fork / end-effector design with high dexterity and strength for the various types of payloads, an efficient control system and ergonomic control unit, and an intuitive operator feedback system for diagnostic capabilities. The A3-Hand system will be designed with the following consideration; 1) Improved platform motion capability and improved forks/arms positioning capability; 2) Enhanced human-machine interface and enhanced functionality for both LCS seaframes; 3) Enhanced reachability, manipulability, and maneuverability with better controls; 4) Reduced equipment footprint and weight; 5) Reduced operator workload with task space control; and 6) Enhanced robustness with fault detection.

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