P14219: MARSUPIAL
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Problem Definition

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Robotic payload platforms have a variety of military and commercial applications, from search and rescue to bomb defusal to farm field seeding. Existing robots do well in their respective tasks, but few existing robots incorporate task versatility into their design. One particular robot, the Badger, aims to achieve this goal through a modular attachment system. It provides a rugged, all terrain chassis and supplies universal mounts to accommodate varying field application payloads. However, the system has limited payload capacity, excessive weight, limited radio range, and no included peripherals.

M.A.R.S.U.P.I.A.L., like Badger, aims to combine the functionality of separate platforms into a single system. This product will improve on Badger's deficiencies, such as making the radio communications and drive-train system more robust, peripherals simpler to implement, and adding power while reducing weight. The end result will ultimately deliver a mobile platform that capably performs many different tasks and can be marketed to both the commercial and military sectors alike.

Project Summary

Robotic payload platforms have a variety of military and commercial applications, from search and rescue to bomb defusal to farm field seeding. Existing robots do well in their respective tasks, but few existing robots incorporate task versatility into their design. One particular robot, the Badger, aims to achieve this goal through a modular attachment system. It provides a rugged, all terrain chassis and supplies universal mounts to accommodate varying field application payloads. However, the system has limited payload capacity, excessive weight, limited radio range, and no included peripherals.
M.A.R.S.U.P.I.A.L., like Badger, aims to combine the functionality of separate platforms into a single system. This product will improve on Badger's deficiencies, such as making the radio communications and drive-train system more robust, peripherals simpler to implement, and adding power while reducing weight. The end result will ultimately deliver a mobile platform that capably performs many different tasks and can be marketed to both the commercial and military sectors alike.

1) What are the improvements you want to make on your current design?

2) Is there a price point you are looking to stay under?

We plan to stay within a $5000 budget.

3) What problems/benefits do/would you like to seen carried over?

Customer Interview Q&A

1. What was your original motivation and problem that was to be solved for this robot?

This robot was originally developed as a tunnel/subterranean mapping robot for sewers, counter tunnel mining and mapping coal gold and silver mines. This robot would overcome the problem of limited communication in subterranean environment.

2. What do you see coming out of this project?

3. What are your likes and dislikes towards the current state of the project?

Dislikes:

Likes:

4. What are the top 5 improvements you'd like to see?

5. Besides financial support, are there any other resources you are able to make available to us for this project?

6. Who will be the main points of contact for this project and what is their contact info?

see project homepage

7. Do you have any questions for us?

8. Has the budget been finalized?

The $5000 budget is not set in stone.

9. What happens if we go over budget?

There is flexibility in the budget.

10. In regards to weight reduction, can an alternative to lead acid batteris be used?

Yes, battery alternatives may be explored.

11. Besides things that mentioned before are there things you wouldn’t want us to change?

12. What sort of standards are we expected to follow?

Customer Requirements

 Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

Requirements spreadsheet

Engineering Requirements

 Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Requirements spreadsheet

House of Quality

 House of Quality

House of Quality

Requirements spreadsheet

Constraints

Project Goals and Key Deliverables


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