NREC and Sikorsky Aircraft pair an autonomous ground vehicle with an unmanned helicopter to autonomously survey sites for radiation, biological or chemical contamination.
The Extending the Reach of the Warfighter through Robotics (ERWR) project demonstrated that an unmanned helicopter and a driverless ground vehicle could work together to autonomously survey a contaminated site. This program utilized an unmanned Black Hawk helicopter to carry the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) in a sling, deliver it to a remote site, and return to base. The UGV then traversed the rugged site, using its on-board sensors to survey for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contamination. All of this occurred out of direct sight, without human intervention and without putting human lives at risk.
NREC worked with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp on this program sponsored by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) through the Robotics Technology Consortium.
Program Manager: Jeremy Searock