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Hopping robot

United States Patent

June 19, 2001
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Autonomous Combustion-Powered Hopping Robot
The present invention provides a hopping robot that includes a misfire tolerant linear actuator suitable for long trips, low energy steering and control, reliable low energy righting, miniature low energy fuel control. The present invention provides a robot with hopping mobility, capable of traversing obstacles significant in size relative to the robot and capable of operation on unpredictable terrain over long range. The present invention further provides a hopping robot with misfire-tolerant combustion actuation, and with combustion actuation suitable for use in oxygen-poor environments.
Spletzer; Barry L. (Albuquerque, NM), Fischer; Gary J. (Albuquerque, NM), Marron; Lisa C. (Albuquerque, NM), Martinez; Michael A. (Albuquerque, NM), Kuehl; Michael A. (Albuquerque, NM), Feddema; John T. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 306,673
May 6, 1999
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.