SBIR 95-1 SOLICITATION
TWO-ARMED, MOBILE, SENSATE, RESEARCH ROBOT
It has been argued that without intelligent robot support, a space station or a space exploration
human complement will not be able to cope with both tasks and self-preservation. The
"anthropomorphic system" proposed would provide a balanced research platform with which
NASA researchers could demonstrate intelligent robot capability over a range of IVA/EVA
activities. The hardware would be terrestrial, but the researchers employing it would be able
to reduce the time and cost of developing robot technology for human space exploration.
The R&D effort is not trivial, as witness the plethora of failed attempts at creating "personal
robots." What is needed is a balance of physical structure, mobility, appropriate sensory
perception, compatible control hardware and user-friendly communications. With this innovative
platform researchers will be able to create application specific software and end-effectors
appropriate to robotics for various space applications such as lunar outposts and crewed Mars
In more specific terms this robot platform will employ two arms with an anthropomorphic sphere
of influence, LIDAR navigation, binocular vision, tactility, voice communication and open
architecture control. It would remain for NASA and other researchers to breathe life into a
dormant entity, having broad inherent potential.
Potential Commercial Applications:
After supplying a Phase II prototype TRC would, in Phase III, offer the research robot to NASA
and to other researchers worldwide.
Most significant is the prospect for volume production of such a robot, originally with astronaut
support capability, to support mobility impaired elderly people. Extension of independent living
is a most desirable and cost effective alternative to nursing home incarceration.
Name and Address of Offeror:
Transitions Research Corporation
Shelter Rock Lane
Danbury, CT 06810
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) &
Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Programs
Electronic Management System (EMS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The SBIR/STTR EMS site is maintained by Steve
Hu, Hughes STX.
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Updated: Feb. 7, 1996