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Intelligent autonomy for small throwable land robots
Author(s): Michael E. Cleary; Mark Abramson
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Paper Abstract

DARPA's Tactical Mobile Robot program includes a Throwable Robot (Throwbot) designed to be thrown into buildings, then teleoperated for surveillance purposes. Use by ground troops imposes significant size and weight limits, as does the requirement that it survive ballistic delivery. The current program stresses the state of the art in robotics and packaging, but further challenges exist. Future Throwbots would benefit from significant increases in autonomy, to deal with RF communication difficulties in buildings and to allow simultaneous operation of multiple vehicles by one person. This paper describes both currently planned and advanced autonomous capabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, (21 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417559
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Michael E. Cleary, Charles Stark Draper Lab., Inc. (United States)
Mark Abramson, Charles Stark Draper Lab., Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4232:
Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security
Simon K. Bramble; Lenny I. Rudin; Simon K. Bramble; Edward M. Carapezza; Lenny I. Rudin, Editor(s)

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