Miniature robotic system for reconnaissance and surveillance

Dean F. Hougen, Saifallah Benjaafar, Jordan C. Bonney, John R. Budenske, Mark Dvorak, Maria Gini, Howard French, Donald G. Krantz, Perry Y. Li, Fred Malver, Brad Nelson, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Paul E. Rybski, Sascha A. Stoeter, Richard Voyles, al et al

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This paper presents a miniature robotic system ('scout') useful for reconnaissance and surveillance missions. A large number of scout robots are deployed and controlled by humans and/or larger 'ranger' robots. The specially designed and constructed scouts are extremely small (roughly 116cc volume) yet are readily deployable (by tossing or launching), have multiple mobility modes, have multiple sensing capabilities, can transmit and receive data and instructions, and have a limited capability for autonomous action. The rangers are significantly larger vehicles, based on a commercial-off-the-shelf platform, augmented with scout launchers, radios, and additional sensors. Together, the scouts and rangers form a hierarchical team capable of carrying our complex missions in a wide variety of environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-507
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
StatePublished - 2000
EventICRA 2000: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 24 2000Apr 28 2000


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