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Power considerations for MAST platforms
Author(s): Brian Morgan; Sarah Bedair; Jeffrey S. Pulskamp; Ronald G. Polcawich; Christopher Meyer; Christopher Dougherty; Xue Lin; David Arnold; Rizwan Bashirullah; Ryan Miller; Mark Roosz
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Paper Abstract

Scaling down autonomous robotic systems introduces numerous challenges in mechanical design, electrical/sensor subsystems, and autonomous control. One particularly daunting task is the design of the power system, since this will ultimately limit all microrobot or micro-UAV's operations. Power sources like lithium polymer batteries possess sufficient power density for basic mobility (walking, fixed wing flight, flapping/hovering), but improved power sources are needed that offer increased energy density in order to extend mission lifetimes - preferably pushing from minutes to multiple hours or days. Additionally, the source power must be efficiently converted and distributed to the various microrobot subsystems. Each system may require a different voltage, current, and duty cycle. This paper will review some of the power-specific challenges related to developing small, mobile autonomous systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7679, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II, 76790V (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849515
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Brian Morgan, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Sarah Bedair, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey S. Pulskamp, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Ronald G. Polcawich, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher Meyer, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Army Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher Dougherty, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Xue Lin, Univ. of Florida (United States)
David Arnold, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Rizwan Bashirullah, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Ryan Miller, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Mark Roosz, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7679:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut Kumar Dutta, Editor(s)

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