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EATR: Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: N10PC20223
Agency Tracking Number: 87SB1-0398
Amount: $923,694.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A87-323
Solicitation Number: 2087.1
Solicitation Year: 2087
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-05-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-05-24
Small Business Information
11424 Palatine Drive
Potomac, MD 20854-1451
United States
HUBZone Owned: Unavailable
Woman Owned: Unavailable
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Robert Finkelstein
 (301) 983-4194
Business Contact
Phone: (301) 983-4194
Research Institution

The purpose of the proposed project is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions. The system, known as the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) ™, obtains its energy by foraging – engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like, energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating. It can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable. The EATR system consists of four main subsystems: (1) an autonomous intelligent control system and sensors; (2) a manipulator system consisting of a robotic arm and end effectors; (3) a hybrid engine system consisting of a biomass combustion chamber, a Stirling (i.e., external combustion) engine, and a multi-cell rechargeable battery; and (4) a platform system consisting of a robotically-modified High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The proof-of-concept demonstration will focus on the ability of the EATR to recognize biomass sources of energy from non-energy materials, properly manipulate and ingest the biomass materials into the engine system, and generate electrical power to operate the various subsystems.

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