Enhanced Mobility for Small Vehicle Platforms

Period of Performance: 03/12/2004 - 09/12/2004

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
990 North 8000 West
Petersboro, UT 84325
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The requirements currently being specified for man-packable robots far exceed the capabilities of any robots currently available. The major challenges is to satisfy both the need for all terrain mobility and long mission durations (3-6 hours) in a package between 20 and 30 lbs. Autonomous Solutions Inc. proposes to solve this dilemma through the use of a shape-shifting track that effectively provides a two speed transmission. The shape-shifting track is shaped conventionally for rough terrain traversal and then transforms into the shape of a wheel for high speed efficient travel over smooth surfaces.