Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Remote Control and Autonomous Vehicles
Tooele Army Depot’s (TEAD’s) Ammunition Equipment Directorate (AED) is the original developer of the remote control and autonomous vehicles used in the Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Program for the Army Research Laboratories. This effort covers a period of 17 years, and is supported by funding from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Advanced Research Projects Agency.
During the first demonstration phase of the UGV program, which began in 1992, AED successfully transitioned industrial remote control and robotic techniques to fielded systems. An automated tracking control system and a laser targeting and shooting system were demonstrated.
AED was also a participant in providing robotic technology training to nine user groups, which included private industry. This led to a second demonstration phase of the UGV program where Marine and Army troops conducted UGV operations in three tactical scenarios. The significant accomplishments for this phase were:
First semi-autonomous scout UGVs
First demonstration of three cooperating UGVs
First demonstration of three different types of UGVs in an urban terrain mission
First three-kilometer tactical unmanned maneuver
First UGV supported adjustment of mortars
First Battle Lab War Fighting Equipment using UGV technology
First no personnel loss UGV experiment
AED has provided technical and developmental support for remote equipment used by Jet Propulsion Laboratories, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Human Research Engineering Directorate, and Harry Diamond Laboratories.
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