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Robotic vehicle with multiple tracked mobility platforms

United States Patent

July 24, 2012
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A robotic vehicle having two or more tracked mobility platforms that are mechanically linked together with a two-dimensional coupling, thereby forming a composite vehicle of increased mobility. The robotic vehicle is operative in hazardous environments and can be capable of semi-submersible operation. The robotic vehicle is capable of remote controlled operation via radio frequency and/or fiber optic communication link to a remote operator control unit. The tracks have a plurality of track-edge scallop cut-outs that allow the tracks to easily grab onto and roll across railroad tracks, especially when crossing the railroad tracks at an oblique angle.
Salton; Jonathan R. (Albuquerque, NM), Buttz; James H. (Albuquerque, NM), Garretson; Justin (Albuquerque, NM), Hayward; David R. (Wetmore, CO), Hobart; Clinton G. (Albuquerque, NM), Deuel, Jr.; Jamieson K. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, MN)
12/ 765,144
April 22, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.