7 May 2010 Urban Hopper
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Hopping robots provide the possibility of breaking the link between the size of a ground vehicle and the largest obstacle that it can overcome. For more than a decade, DARPA and Sandia National Laboratories have been developing small-scale hopping robot technology, first as part of purely hopping platforms and, more recently, as part of platforms that are capable of both wheeled and hopping locomotion. In this paper we introduce the Urban Hopper robot and summarize its capabilities. The advantages of hopping for overcoming certain obstacles are discussed. Several configurations of the Urban Hopper are described, as are intelligent capabilities of the system. Key challenges are discussed.
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Jonathan R. Salton, Jonathan R. Salton, Stephen Buerger, Stephen Buerger, Lisa Marron, Lisa Marron, John Feddema, John Feddema, Gary Fischer, Gary Fischer, Charles Little, Charles Little, Barry Spletzer, Barry Spletzer, Patrick Xavier, Patrick Xavier, Alfred A. Rizzi, Alfred A. Rizzi, Michael P. Murphy, Michael P. Murphy, John Giarratana, John Giarratana, Matthew D. Malchano, Matthew D. Malchano, Christian A. Weagle, Christian A. Weagle, } "Urban Hopper", Proc. SPIE 7692, Unmanned Systems Technology XII, 76920Z (7 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855599; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.855599

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