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DROP: Durable Reconnaissance and Observation PlatformRobots have been a valuable tool for providing a remote presence in areas that are either inaccessible or too dangerous for humans. Having a robot with a high degree of adaptability becomes crucial during such events. The adaptability that comes from high mobility and high durability greatly increases the potential uses of a robot in these situations, and therefore greatly increases its usefulness to humans. DROP is a lightweight robot that addresses these challenges with the capability to survive large impacts, carry a usable payload, and traverse a variety of surfaces, including climbing vertical surfaces like wood, stone, and concrete. The platform is crash-proof, allowing it to be deployed in ways including being dropped from an unmanned aerial vehicle or thrown from a large MSL-class (Mars Science Laboratory) rover.
Document ID
20130008795
Document Type
Other - NASA Tech Brief
Authors
Parness, Aaron
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
McKenzie, Clifford F.
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2012
Publication Information
Publication: NASA Tech Briefs, November 2012
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
NPO-48314
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
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