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Department of Defense Joint Robotics Program
Author(s): Michael Toscano
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Paper Abstract

The goal of the Joint Robotics Program (JRP) is to develop and field a family of unmanned ground vehicle systems for a range of military applications in accordance with user requirements. The program's structure calls for fielding first generation systems, maturing requisite technology and upgrading capabilities in an evolutionary manner. In the near term, acquisition programs emphasize teleoperation for battlefield environments, more autonomous functioning for structured environments, and extensive opportunities for users to operate UGVs. Semi-autonomous mobility in unstructured environments is the main thrust of the JRP technology base. Recent successes with prototypical countermine systems in Bosnia, as well as soldiers' and Marines' experimentation with reconnaissance unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have led to an explosion of requirements in other mission areas. Users are developing requirements for UGVs that: convoy with manned vehicles; carry and deliver supplies; carry and employ weapons; can be carried in a backpack and reconnoiter inside multi-story buildings. The JRP has made considerable progress over its ten year existence, and is poised to provide our Armed Forces with a 'leap-ahead' capability in the 21st Century.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3693, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology, (22 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354438
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Michael Toscano, Office of the Secretary of Defense (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3693:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology
Grant R. Gerhart; Robert W. Gunderson; Chuck M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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