One of the major flaws of the TALON and SWORDS robots is their battery life. Currently TALON and SWORDS robots from Foster-Miller rely on lithium ion and lead acid batteries for power. While these batteries provide sufficient power to the robots, there are unsatisfactorily temperamental and require charge times of up to 8 hours. This project provides a unique opportunity for Foster-Miller to explore alternative power sources. This research paper will discuss the current technologies used by Foster-Miller as well as alternative power sources that could be implemented to improve the run-time and reliability of the current system, and provide proof of concept test results and a complete design of a new power source. The enhancement of these systems will not only improve the performance of the robots, but will ensure the safety and productivity of US soldiers in combat.
robotics, battery life
Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Caputo, Laura; Mastovich, Mike; O'Blenis, Sean; Ringer, Mike; and Walker, Christopher, "Design of Novel Energy Source for Foster-Miller Robots" (2008). Capstone Design Program: Mechanical Engineering. Paper 48. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10012928
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