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Sensor deployment on unmanned ground vehicles
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Paper Abstract

TARDEC has been developing payloads for small robots as part of its unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) development programs. These platforms typically weigh less than 100 lbs and are used for various physical security and force protection applications. This paper will address a number of technical issues including platform mobility, payload positioning, sensor configuration and operational tradeoffs. TARDEC has developed a number of robots with different mobility mechanisms including track, wheel and hybrid track/wheel running gear configurations. An extensive discussion will focus upon omni-directional vehicle (ODV) platforms with enhanced intrinsic mobility for positioning sensor payloads. This paper also discusses tradeoffs between intrinsic platform mobility and articulated arm complexity for end point positioning of modular sensor packages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6736, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks IV, 673603 (5 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.736109
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Grant R. Gerhart, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Gary Witus, Turing Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6736:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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