30 September 2003 GOAT (goes over all terrain) vehicle: a scaleable robotic vehicle
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Many of the potential applications of mobile robots require a small to medium sized vehicle that is capable of traversing large obstacles and rugged terrain. Search and rescue operations require a robot small enough to drive through doorways, yet capable enough to surmount rubble piles and stairs. This paper presents the GOAT (Goes Over All Terrain) vehicle, a medium scale robot which incorporates a novel configuration which puts the drive wheels on the ends of actuated arms. This allows GOAT to adjust body height and posture and combines the benefits of legged locomotion with the ease of wheeled driving. The paper presents the design of the GOAT and the results of prototype construction and initial testing.
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Michael G. Dodson, Stanley L. Owsley, Stewart J. Moorehead, "GOAT (goes over all terrain) vehicle: a scaleable robotic vehicle", Proc. SPIE 5083, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology V, (30 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488017; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.488017
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