This research was concerned with the design and construction of an experimental six-legged vehicle for off-road transportation called the Adaptive Suspension Vehicle (ASV). Mechanical and electronic design of the ASV was driven by the following primary goals relating to vehicle performance: (1) the vehicle should be able to traverse a significant variety of terrain not negotiable by conventional wheeled or tracked machines; (2) the interior payload capacity should be at least 500 pounds; (3) the vehicle should exhibit a cruising speed of five mph and a top speed of eight mph in off-road locomotion; (4) the vehicle should carry its own prime mover and computer; (5) provision should be made for a human driver to steer the vehicle by interaction with the on-board computer at a supervisory control level; (6) the vehicle should possess a vision system with sufficient capability to permit automatic selection of footholds without human intervention; and (7) the overall size and weight of the ASV should be comparable to that of a small truck or light helicopter. The AAV is expected to exhibit higher speed, smaller size, and greater agility in comparison to the ASV, and will represent a further step toward the realization of a new class of military vehicles with entirely unique mobility characteristics.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ohio State University, Columbus

    Research Foundation, 1314 Kinnear Road
    Columbus, OH  United States  43212
  • Authors:
    • McGhee, R B
    • Waldron, K J
  • Publication Date: 1985-5

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  • Pagination: 73 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00457602
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1986 12:00AM