7 May 2010 Automatic payload deployment system
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The ability to precisely emplace stand-alone payloads in hostile territory has long been on the wish list of US warfighters. This type of activity is one of the main functions of special operation forces, often conducted at great danger. Such risk can be mitigated by transitioning the manual placement of payloads over to an automated placement mechanism by the use of the Automatic Payload Deployment System (APDS). Based on the Automatically Deployed Communication Relays (ADCR) system, which provides non-line-of-sight operation for unmanned ground vehicles by automatically dropping radio relays when needed, the APDS takes this concept a step further and allows for the delivery of a mixed variety of payloads. For example, payloads equipped with a camera and gas sensor in addition to a radio repeater, can be deployed in support of rescue operations of trapped miners. Battlefield applications may include delivering food, ammunition, and medical supplies to the warfighter. Covert operations may require the unmanned emplacement of a network of sensors for human-presence detection, before undertaking the mission. The APDS is well suited for these tasks. Demonstrations have been conducted using an iRobot PackBot EOD in delivering a variety of payloads, for which the performance and results will be discussed in this paper.
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Narek Pezeshkian, Narek Pezeshkian, Hoa G. Nguyen, Hoa G. Nguyen, Aaron Burmeister, Aaron Burmeister, Kevin Holz, Kevin Holz, Abraham Hart, Abraham Hart, } "Automatic payload deployment system", Proc. SPIE 7692, Unmanned Systems Technology XII, 76920N (7 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.851938; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.851938


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