Hunter is a synthetic vision robot that determines the exact position of its autonomous air vehicle host in relation to a specific drop target, fuses data with IMU / GPS data and calculates the ideal, precise approach path and delivery timing including winds compensation ultimately delivering a 3000lb payload on a 20′x 20′ target. Pretty impressive, eh?
Hunter flew successfully on the weeks of December 5, 2011 and March 26, 2012 as part of the DARPA-BAA-10-57 Tactical Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program.
The SRS Robo-Magellan is a contest for robotics hobbyists. It is intended to be similar to the DARPA Robotics Challenge in that the robot contestants must be mobile, fully autonomous and able to navigate a pre-defined source. Unlike the Robotics Challenge, it is designed for a hobby-level budget. To provide perspective, the entire robot must be self-contained and must fit within a four foot cube. It must have a total weight of no more than 50 imperial pounds and cannot use either internal or external combustion for power.
Working with the Adler Planetarium, two rover/explorer robots were designed, built, and programmed as part of a simulated remote planetary (Planet X) exploration display. The small 4-wheeled robots were designed to operate within a contained planetary surface diorama. The purpose of the simulation is to allow visitors the opportunity to experience “driving” a remote operated robot around the planetary diorama as they look for “artifacts” on the planet surface. Real-time video is transmitted from each robot and displayed on a control interface that has a video display, artifact details, a timer, the number of artifacts located, and a joystick for control.