DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENHANCED MOBILITY TESTBED

Authors
  1. McCormac, A.W.
  2. Brosinsky, C.
  3. Hanna, D.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
The paper describes a novel vehicle platform under construction at Defence Research Establishment Suffield (DRES) which is designed to exhibit greatly enhanced mobility by employing hybrid running gear. The paper discusses the Articulated Navigation Testbed (ANT) and the considerations which determined its configuration and capabilities. A number of design constraints were imposed. ANT was to be an unmanned vehicle. As such, it must employ teleoperation or some level of autonomous control. Second, it was to possess superior off-road mobility when compared to convential vehicles. Increased mobility reduces the computational workload needed to operate in a highly unstructured off-road environment. Third, it must be adaptable and have a flexible mission architecture. The minimal configuration will be a four-wheeled chassis which steers by articulation. It is then a simple matter to add one or more mission-specific modules, which will each compound the articulation and may each add another pair of wheels. The typical vehicle will possess one mission module and will exhibit excellent mobility characteristics.
Keywords
Articulated Navigation Testbed;Unmanned vehicles;Testbeds
Report Number
DRES-M-1433 — Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 1994
Number of Pages
19
DSTKIM No
94-02882
CANDIS No
141341
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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