HSIR - High-Speed Inspection Robot
The goals of the baseline High Speed Inspection Robot (HSIR) SBIR Program were to develop a novel robotic vehicle with high-speed capability, near-omnidirectional maneuverability, and precise controllability at all speeds; to develop a modular payload capability, including a manipulator payload; and to investigate coordinated motion of the robot base and the manipulator. The ForeRunner RDV vehicle, which was developed under this program, met all of these goals, with the ability to drive at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, to maneuver precisely at high and low speeds, including the ability to turn in place, and to perform hands-on inspection using the manipulator. HSIR is a Phase II SBIR project with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
HSIR was selected for additional funding to further develop the HSIR design to enhance and harden the vehicle. This includes meeting the environmental conditions encountered during missions, reducing the size and weight, and enhancing the capability of the vehicle, including the capabilities of the manipulator payload.