GVE has been working on a space robotic force moment sensor for so long that the first patent has expired. We delayed getting the 2nd, but it is in place now. Our virtual boss program management system has focused our efforts. Progress has been happening again. Our virtual boss gets credit for our understanding of the mechanisms that produced the favourable results we obtained through 2 small projects, first funded through IRAP to produce hardware and then by the European Space Agency in support of testing. We have just completed first testing phase of new prototype (linear configuration). The results are in line with FE predictions. And we have confirmed the ability to modes needed for all 6 dof.
|h/w: non-linear, parallel load path||2nd matlab simulator||next upgrade: thermal effects|
|HMI||HMI Paper,audio sim, vestibulator||vestibulator sales to researchers|
|Management||Virtual Boss||effective; multi-year progress|
|Markets||NASA, US defense, ESA||participant: M2020 robotic study|
If you're interested in the plans and monthly reports we give to our virtual boss, check out the link Virtual Boss. Before that report makes much sense though, you'll need to look over our plan Technology Development Plan. Of course, that plan was done on the assumption that we would obtain significant funding - which we have not - YET.
We have finally completed the first version of the simulation, and it is described and discussed at FMS Simulation Our virtual boss has to get credit for pushing us this far. There was a lot of tedium to work through, to get the sim done. No doubt there are some problems with the sim - we'll see if anyone finds them. And its messy - but there is -ve motivation to cleaning it up.
As well as the fms concept itself, we have an human machine interface (hmi) to utilize 6 dof force data, usefully, in real time. So we've developed a simulation of the audio portion of an intuitive means of providing the data.
You can download the audio/force sim HMI Sim. Our 'commercial' product actually started from the HMI sim. Our vestibulator Product, originated as a means of improving the hmi audio experience for sounds which appear to come from behind - from the cone of confusion. We now sell the vestibulator as a stand alone research device to some pretty prestigeous researchers. We've built a space version, but no takers yet.