Development and Testing of a Hybrid Wheg (trademark)-Mobile Platform for Autonomous Surf-Zone Operations
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Mobility Over Non-Trivial Terrain MONTe is a hybrid wheel-leg Whegtrademark-mobile platform created for two purposes. The first purpose is to verify the simulated benefits of adapting previous six-legged Wheg robotic platforms to a four-legged Wheg amphibious design with a tail. The second purpose is to provide a platform to continue autonomous design and testing in the amphibious environment. In addition, the challenges of previous NPS surf-zone designs are investigated as well as the new challenges of making an amphibious platform to include the following suspension system, drivetrain, tail integration, environmental control for subsystems, power distribution system and water-borne operation.