Humanoid Mobile Robot Manipulation Behavior Development
ID: AF242-D012Type: BOTH
Overview

Topic

Humanoid Mobile Robot Manipulation Behavior Development

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024
Timeline
  1. 1
    Release Apr 17, 2024 12:00 AM
  2. 2
    Open May 15, 2024 12:00 AM
  3. 3
    Next Submission Due Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Close Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
Description

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Humanoid Mobile Robot Manipulation Behavior Development" as part of their SBIR 24.2 Annual solicitation. The Air Force branch is specifically interested in this topic. The objective of this solicitation is to develop humanoid general-purpose robotics that can automate sustainment and depot environments, improving safety, quality, capacity, and readiness. The desired technology should enable robots to manipulate a wide range of items presented in various poses and configurations. The humanoid form factor allows for the adjustment of the robot's manipulation workspace, enabling a generalized platform that can be utilized in numerous applications. The desired manipulation behaviors should be closed-loop and dynamically updated based on real-time sensor information to achieve human-like manipulation speed. The solicitation follows a Direct-to-Phase-II (D2P2) approach, meaning no Phase I awards will be made. The Phase II objective is to develop a working prototype that demonstrates increased capability in item picking within a variable workspace. If successful, the technology developed in Phase II will be purchased by WR-ALC and refined for production-ready state for procurement by the Air Force, other federal agencies, and private industry. The solicitation is currently open, with a close date of June 12, 2024. For more information, visit the solicitation link.

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