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The Robotics Lab collaborates across multiple departments within West Point to include Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Physics, and Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. External agencies include TARDEC, NSA, MIT-LL, Picatinny Arsenal and ARDEC, ARL, and NRO among others.
 
Current Projects
 

ARIBO-IH (Applied Robotics for Installtion and Base Operations Industrial Hygiene)

The purpose of the Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations – Industrial Hygiene (ARIBO-IH) project is to demonstrate the potential capabilities of an unmanned robot to the future of industrial hygiene. Team ARIBO-IH will eliminate unnecessary human exposure to potentially dangerous chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) environments by attaching gas, temperature, and humidity sensors to a PackBot chassis in order to remotely report environment statistics.

Advisor: LTC Korpela

Sponsor: TARDEC

 

​​IGVC (Indoor Ground Vehicle Competition)

For the 2014 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), Team Intelligently Guided Ground Explorer (IGGE) has designed, built, and tested several improved subsystems that were implemented into the previous year’s design. With observations from the previous year’s competition, the team implemented four new subsystems in particular: an integrated power management system, an updated motor controller interface, a power-monitoring user interface, and a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus for inter-system communications. In addition to designing, building, and testing these subsystems alone, the team also had to ensure the new subsystems would work with the subsystems already on the robot chassis, including being able to communicate with the robot’s CPU which utilized the Robot Operating System (ROS).

Advisor: Dr. Hanlon

Sponsor: TARDEC

 

Black Knight II
 
Black Knight II (BK2) is a satellite that conforms to the community-established cube form factor (CubeSat). This project’s purpose is to design, test, and prototype a standard CubeSat platform that provides mission essential capabilities to an unspecified payload. The CubeSat community lacks a cost-effective platform that provides a standard range of functions and capabilities to customers wishing to conduct experiments in space. BK2 fulfills this community need and aims to establish a standard platform that customers can use as a cost-effective entry into space. The satellite conforms to a modular design concept where a single cubic unit houses all mission essential hardware and capabilities. A second cubic unit is provided as payload space that is available to the customer. A third and final cubic unit can be implemented if the customer feels that his/her mission is critical and demands hardware redundancy to mitigate risk. This optional cubic unit is provided at higher cost to the customer.
 
Advisor: LTC Burrow
 
Sponsor: MIT-LL


  
VTOL/ISR (Vertical Take-off Landing / Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance)​ ​
 
  

Navia (Autonomous Shuttle)​ ​

  

Past Projects

 

JCUSI (Joint Cooperative Unmanned Systems Initiative)
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The Joint Cooperative Unmanned Systems Initiative (JCUSI) is an effort to bolster the military’s ability to utilize unmanned vehicles and to work in a joint environment.  The project’s goal is for the Air Force to produce an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Army to produce an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), and for the two to communicate pertinent information.  The UAV has the ability to identify a target on the ground and transmit the location of the target to the UGV; the UGV can then autonomously navigate to the target and provides a live video feed of what it encounters. To give the two systems the ability to communicate, a Joint Command Center (JCC) acts as central communication hub.  Both the UGV and UAV have an individual communication interface called the Service Command Center (SCC), and the information that is to be communicated between the two services is forwarded from one SCC, up to the JCC, then down to the other SCC.  A common protocol called Cursor on Target (COTs) defines the format of the messages that are to be passed between the two services.  Inside of the COTs message the UGV receives is an eight digit coordinate to navigate to.  The auto-navigate algorithm defines the path that it will take.  The algorithm analyzes a two-dimensional map generated by a LIDAR to choose the path, and then uses obstacle avoidance while travelling to the target.  Being able to inspect specific locations with close video would traditionally require a soldier to drive out to a given location and put himself at risk along the way.  Using unmanned vehicles takes soldiers out of the line of fire.  It saves resources by not requiring the traditional safety precautions inherent to manned missions.

Advisor: LTC Maxwell
 
Sponsor: TARDEC


 

 

Tube-launched UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)
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