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Urban Hopper
Author(s): Jonathan R. Salton; Stephen Buerger; Lisa Marron; John Feddema; Gary Fischer; Charles Little; Barry Spletzer; Patrick Xavier; Alfred A. Rizzi; Michael P. Murphy; John Giarratana; Matthew D. Malchano; Christian A. Weagle
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Paper Abstract

Hopping robots provide the possibility of breaking the link between the size of a ground vehicle and the largest obstacle that it can overcome. For more than a decade, DARPA and Sandia National Laboratories have been developing small-scale hopping robot technology, first as part of purely hopping platforms and, more recently, as part of platforms that are capable of both wheeled and hopping locomotion. In this paper we introduce the Urban Hopper robot and summarize its capabilities. The advantages of hopping for overcoming certain obstacles are discussed. Several configurations of the Urban Hopper are described, as are intelligent capabilities of the system. Key challenges are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7692, Unmanned Systems Technology XII, 76920Z (8 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855599
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan R. Salton, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Stephen Buerger, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Lisa Marron, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
John Feddema, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Gary Fischer, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Charles Little, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Barry Spletzer, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Patrick Xavier, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Alfred A. Rizzi, Boston Dynamics (United States)
Michael P. Murphy, Boston Dynamics (United States)
John Giarratana, Boston Dynamics (United States)
Matthew D. Malchano, Boston Dynamics (United States)
Christian A. Weagle, Boston Dynamics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7692:
Unmanned Systems Technology XII
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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