The Naval Postgraduate School's Small Robotics Technology initiative initial platform integration and testing
Chicoine, Andrew G.
Harkins, Richard M.
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The Naval Postgraduate SchoolÎ±s Small Robotic Technology (SMART) Initiative is an ongoing research effort within the Combat Systems Science and Technology Curriculum that engages in forward-looking applications of small robotic technology for military employment. The goal of the program is to develop a multipurpose robotic platform that is capable of hosting varied sensor packages for military research. This thesis successfully modified a Foster Miller Lemming tracked vehicle: Payload volume was increased to allow for ease of systems testing and access while incorporating a method for deploying varied sensor modules on a towed sled. Original micro-controller hardware has been replaced with a COTS system that allowed for simplified interfacing with a Honeywell digital compass and a Motorola G.P.S. card. Communications with the Robot were provided through the Internet via a modem. A control interface for use on a personal computer was implemented by creating a JAVA application; the control interface has also been converted to a JAVA applet that the Robot is capable of downloading to a user via a web interface. Follow on research will fully integrate the Robot with a variety of sensor packages including a synthetic array seismic sonar, visual and infrared devices and chemical detection devices.
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