Six Primary Imperative to Make Tactical Robots

The concept of autonomous ground-robots is by bringing to the military effort a decade of experience working on planetary rovers for NASA. Much of more DARPA previous work had involved some the size of tanks, large vehicle, and had addressed successfully technical specifications and requirements to the point where they could be spun off to the development community.

The planetary rover technology was promising and NASA was doing what they could, but DARPA was the place to develop the smaller idea vehicles for military applications. It spent the majority times to formulate a new program that ultimately would be called TMR (Tactical Mobile Robotics). TMR’s primary goals were to make it mobile for fit into backpack, urban terrain and travel 100 meter per operator intervention. So it was an order of smaller magnitude and an order of smarter magnitude. We came through on the mobility part pretty well and go things moving in the right direction on autonomy.

The military was interested in small robotics air, ground and under water, in portable formats that could fit into areas a human could not, areas that would be left unguarded by the enemy in urban environment. It would separate the objectives of the program into the operational focus was to revolutionize urban warfare by penetrating denied areas with robots.

There are six primary imperatives for general objectives that crucial to making tactical robot functional:

1. Response to lost communication.
2. Tumble recovery, the robot must be invertible.
3. Anti handling, the robot must feature a method of keeping the enemy from picking it up while not endangering innocent civilians, especially children.
4. Self location, the robot should fuse GPS, odometry and visual inputs to determine its location.
5. Complex obstacle negotiation.
6. Self cleaning, the robots must have traceability to clear the dust and mud, etc.

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