|Surveyor Robotics Journal|
Wed, 13 Jun 2007
DARPA LANdroid project - looks a lot like the SRV-1 !
I just ran across this DARPA request for proposal - http://fs2.fbo.gov/EPSData/ODA/Synopses/4965/BAA07-46/BAA07-46LANdroidsPIP.pdf. They're looking to deploy tracked robots that are approximately the size of the existing SRV-1 for purpose of enabling a robotic autonomous radio relay network of mobile robotic nodes, referred to as LANdroids. They envision a disposable robot slightly larger than a size of a pack of playing cards, weighing just over two pounds with enough built-in smarts to sense the best location to relay a radio signal and enough built-in power to scoot around on a set of tracks.
Here's a mockup of the device they have in mind:
There is some resemblance:
Target award size is $1,000,000 or less per 12 month project phase (3 phases), and the goal is to produce LANdroids for $100 each in moderate volume. An industry briefing day is scheduled for July 6 in Arlington, VA, and proposals are due by August 16.
We have never participated in DARPA projects, and wonder if someone with DARPA contract experience would want to team up with us to submit a proposal ? If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.