30 July 1999 Micro unattended mobility system (MUMS)
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Abstract
This report covers work under phase one of the Micro Unattended Mobility System project investigating the addition of a mobile sensor components to existing and future ground penetrator delivered unattended sensor systems. A typical unattended sensor strategy consists of air-dropping sensor packages into a target terrain for remote observation and intelligence gathering. Existing and planned unattended systems have no control over their location after the drop is complete. We propose to augment the capability of these sensing packages by giving them a degree of local mobility. From an assumed operational scenario, vehicle design specifications are identified that would be required for mission success. Three basic mobility concepts are presented and evaluated for their strengths and weaknesses in the proposed mission. The mobility concepts are grouped into wheeled, jumping, and crawling systems. Of the three mobility concepts discussed, the system that shows the most promise is presented in a more detailed design. This design consists of two side by side wheels which drag a reaction tail behind them. The control electronics, batteries, and drive motors are housed in a central body connected to the tail and two sensor payloads can be placed in the wheel hubs. This design is proposed for further development and testing in the second phase of this project.
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Pavlo Rudakevych, Pavlo Rudakevych, Helen Greiner, Helen Greiner, Bryan Pletta, Bryan Pletta, } "Micro unattended mobility system (MUMS)", Proc. SPIE 3713, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications, (30 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357129; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.357129
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