A Payload, Controller and Communications Toolkit for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,628.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-06-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-221-3113
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
A05-221
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
APPLIED PERCEPTION, INC.
109 Gateway Avenue, Suite 201, Wexford, PA, 15090
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
043712442
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Rowe
Senior Research Scientist
(724) 934-8965
patrick@appliedperception.com
Business Contact:
Todd Jochem
President
(724) 934-8965
toddj@appliedperception.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The use of small unmanned ground vehicles in both military and civilian operations is rapidly growing. Unfortunately, vendors today only offer their own proprietary Operator Control Units and vehicle payloads that can only be used with their vehicle platform. The objective of this Phase I effort is to design a toolkit of common and interchangeable components for small unmanned ground vehicles to perform a variety of tasks such as grasping, carrying, digging, etc. The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle Infrastructure Toolkit will include one or more manipulator and end-effector designs to accomplish a number of tasks, an Operator Control Unit that allows an operator to customize a controller of his choice for the manipulator device in a context sensitive fashion, and non-RF communication alternatives that the operator can select given the nature of the task. The interchangeable, plug-and-play nature of the toolkit will increase productivity by decreasing training time, improving operator skill, and simplifying logistics and maintenance. The deliverables will be prototype designs of the manipulator payloads, a prototype customizable Operator Control Unit, and a market survey of current non-RF based communication technologies.

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