Overview Of EATR Project Brief 6 April 09

Overview Of EATR Project Brief 6 April 09 - BRIEF PROJECT...

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1 BRIEF PROJECT OVERVIEW EATR: ENERGETICALLY AUTONOMOUS TACTICAL ROBOT Robotic Technology Inc. www.RoboticTechnologyInc.com PURPOSE The purpose of the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) project is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long- range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling, which would otherwise preclude the ability of the robot to perform such missions. The system 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. For example, about 150 lbs of vegetation could provide sufficient energy for 100 miles of driving , depending on circumstances. 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, an external combustion engine, and a multi-cell rechargeable battery; and (4) a platform system consisting of a robotically-modified conventional vehicle, such as a High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or a robotic vehicle. The initial proof-of-concept demonstration, a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project sponsored by an agency of the Department of Defense, 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. This demonstration project can lead to three potential Phase III commercialization projects : (1) the development of prototype and operational EATR systems for military and civil applications; (2) new civil and military applications for the 4D/RCS autonomous intelligent control system for robotic vehicles and ubiquitous intelligence; and (3) development of the external combustion engine system for civil and military automotive applications, whether for manned or unmanned vehicles. BACKGROUND Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) are being developed to perform long-range, long- endurance missions (such as the effort to develop a UAV capable of remaining on-
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2 station uninterrupted for over five years to perform intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and communication missions over an area of interest). Likewise, there is a need for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to perform long-range, long- endurance missions without manual or conventional refueling (however, unlike for UAVs, solar energy alone is insufficient for most UGV energy requirements). A robotic vehicle’s
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