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Apparatus for obstacle traversion

United States Patent

August 10, 2004
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An apparatus for traversing obstacles having an elongated, round, flexible body that includes a plurality of drive track assemblies. The plurality of drive track assemblies cooperate to provide forward propulsion wherever a propulsion member is in contact with any feature of the environment, regardless of how many or which ones of the plurality of drive track assemblies make contact with such environmental feature.
Borenstein; Johann (Ann Arbor, MI)
The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
10/ 318,452
December 12, 2002
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support under Award No. DE-FG04-86NE3796 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.