BRIEF PROJECT OVERVIEW
EATR: ENERGETICALLY AUTONOMOUS TACTICAL ROBOT
Robotic Technology Inc.
Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR)
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.
system obtains its energy by
engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like,
energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating.
find, ingest, and
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.
150 lbs of vegetation
could provide sufficient energy for
100 miles of
, depending on circumstances.
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
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
: (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.
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-