Ross-Hime Designs, Inc.
1313 5th St. S.E.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
93-1 05.05 3808 Amount Requested $70,000
NASA has requested a robotic surrogate to work autonomously or to
work alongside astronauts, for tool retrieval, space station
construction, satellite maintenance and interplanetary habitat
preparation for astronaut base camps. Human sizing, flexibility
and fault tolerance are key needs that must be addressed.
Proposed is a ten-axis robotic surrogate that is both highly
dexterous and scaled to human proportions. Innovations include the
development of an impact resistant elastomer composite shoulder
that has the range of motion and flexibility of the human shoulder.
Utilizing redundant actuators, it is fault tolerant and rugged. A
new elbow design which is compact and lightweight is presented.
Commercial applications are numerous and include prosthetics,
animatronic figures, and sales to research laboratories.
The Phase I deliverable will be one robotic surrogate with a base
control system, and a final report. The report will include a
complete print package of working drawings, and computer simulation
and analysis data.
Ross-Hime Designs has had a 100% success rate at commercializing
NASA SBIR technology. Prosthetic arms for above elbow amputees is
one application. Animatronic figures for theme parks where life
like motion is required is another. Sales will also be made to
Robot, Surrogate, Manipulation, Teleoperator, Actuator,