Accession Number:

ADA210098

Title:

Advanced Robotics for Air Force Operations

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Feb 1987-Nov 1988

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC AIR FORCE STUDIES BOARD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

158.0

Abstract:

While robots are gaining widespread use in industry, application of robotic technology has not progressed as quickly within the military. However, projected manpower shortages, shorted weapon response times, and the severe environmental conditions anticipated in combat make the use of robots more attractive. To help the Air Force assess the potential for operational use of robots, the committee will examine and recommend how to best direct research, development, and acquisition resources to make the most effective use of this technology. This study reviews the component technologies, infrastructure, data base systems, and management structure required to support the next generation of maintenance, repair, supply, and distribution systems in the field and at the depots as they pertain to robotics. The committee 1 evaluated current and potential uses of advanced robotic systems to support Air Force systems 2 recommended the most effective applications of advanced robotics 3 identified high payoff areas for research and development, particularly at the component level and 4 assessed the potential effects robots will have an acquisition, logistics, and manpower considerations, such as education and training.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE