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Enhancing functionality and autonomy in man-portable robots
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Paper Abstract

Current man-portable robotic systems are too heavy for troops to pack during extended missions in rugged terrain and typically require more user support than can be justified by their limited return in force multiplication or improved effectiveness. As a consequence, today’s systems appear organically attractive only in life-threatening scenarios, such as detection of chemical/biological/radiation hazards, mines, or improvised explosive devices. For the long term, significant improvements in both functionality (i.e., perform more useful tasks) and autonomy (i.e., with less human intervention) are required to increase the level of general acceptance and, hence, the number of units deployed by the user. In the near term, however, the focus must remain on robust and reliable solutions that reduce risk and save lives. This paper describes ongoing efforts to address these needs through a spiral development process that capitalizes on technology transfer to harvest applicable results of prior and ongoing activities throughout the technical community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5422, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VI, (2 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553020
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E. Biagtan Pacis, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. San Diego (United States)
Hobart R. Everett, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. San Diego (United States)
Nathan Farrington, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. San Diego (United States)
D. J. Bruemmer, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5422:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VI
Grant R. Gerhart; Chuck M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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