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D.R.O.P. The Durable Reconnaissance and Observation PlatformThe Durable Reconnaissance and Observation Platform (DROP) is a prototype robotic platform with the ability to climb concrete surfaces up to 85deg at a rate of 25cm/s, make rapid horizontal to vertical transitions, carry an audio/visual reconnaissance payload, and survive impacts from 3 meters. DROP is manufactured using a combination of selective laser sintering (SLS) and shape deposition manufacturing (SDM) techniques. The platform uses a two-wheel, two-motor design that delivers high mobility with low complexity. DROP extends microspine climbing technology from linear to rotary applications, providing improved transition ability, increased speeds, and simpler body mechanics while maintaining microspines ability to opportunistically grip rough surfaces. Various aspects of prototype design and performance are discussed, including the climbing mechanism, body design, and impact survival.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
McKenzie, Clifford
(North Carolina State Univ. Raleigh, NC, United States)
Parness, Aaron
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
May 14, 2012
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Meeting Information
Meeting: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Country: United States
Start Date: May 14, 2012
End Date: May 18, 2012
Distribution Limits
climbing mechanisms
climbing robots

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