Cybernet is creating a prototype autonomous ATLAS-II forklift by integrating their existing Automated Material Handling Technology (AMHT) appliqué kit into an ATLAS-II forklift. We developed the AMHT technology in coordination with the U.S. Army and commercial forklift vendors to automate the functions of material handling equipment, such as forklifts, container handlers, and cargo movers. It has been successfully demonstrated on commercial warehouse style forklifts, tactical forklifts, rough terrain container handlers, and small transport vehicles.
This project is a National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) effort. The prototype autonomous ATLAS-II forklift will be tested through an incremental approach that includes verification of core behaviors inside our existing autonomous vehicle simulator, functional testing of base autonomous and semi-autonomous capabilities at Cybernet’s facilities, and full system testing demonstrating the ability to perform the required forklift operations in a relevant environment.
The system will support both semi-autonomous and autonomous operations. In semi-autonomous mode, an operator will be able to control the forklift with a remote control, with the autonomous forklift continuing to provide behavior support such as obstacle avoidance, pallet engagement, etc. In full autonomous mode, the forklift will perform all functions without human input. However, an operator will provide the forklift with missions to perform and can cease operation through wireless commands to the forklift.
Cybernet Systems Corporation has been awarded a subcontract under the Ordnance Technology Base Agreement for the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) to create a partially automated process to dismantle cluster bombs that is safer and less costly than current manual processes. This includes removing the fuze, booster, linear shaped charge and bomblets from the main Cluster Bomb Unit (CBU).
Along with the removal and bundling of the individual parts is the removal of the bomblet fins to allow for easier cryo/kiln processing. The system picks up the rounds from a loading area, brings them into the disassembly area, and the various components removed are placed on the transport conveyors for removal and disposal, storage, or other demilitarization.
This effort provides a number of direct benefits to the Army and other services. First, the automation can be used to decrease the cost associated with disassembly of CBU stockpiles. Second, the automation technologies can be used to increase safety to those working in and around the disassembly of the CBU stockpile.
Cybernet Systems Corporation has been awarded a Phase I SBIR contract by the Department of the Navy titled "Sensory System to Transition Pilots From Aided to Unaided Vision During Flight to Mitigate Spatial Discordance." This six month effort for the Naval Air Systems Command is to address their need for a mitigation of the disorientation that occurs when a pilot transitions from aided to unaided vision. Primarily the pilot needs a robust indication of aircraft attitude during the post-transition period, but other information, such as proximity to other aircraft or the ground may be candidates as well.
Cybernet will explore a straightforward audio/visual multimodal approach to conveying situation awareness of the current attitude of the aircraft to the pilot. This includes a flexible display based on addressable LEDs that is attached to the internal scaffolding of the cockpit, thus providing a virtual. It also includes an audio cue that leverages differentiation between the left and right ear playback of a sound to indicate aircraft roll and an orthogonal change in timbre to convey pitch. Cybernet will implement this dual-mode peripheral cueing (DMPC) system, which is a proof-of-concept for each of these two cueing modes, test and adjust them individually and then together to determine and maximize effectiveness. Cybernet will also evaluate and minimize the capacity for these cues to distract or otherwise degrade the performance of the pilot.
Cybernet will participate in the NCMS Technology Showcase at Hill AFB onApril 3rd, 2017. The showcase is sponsored by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD). Cybernet will showcase its innovative Automated Data Cleanser (ADC) that auto-corrects widespread miscoding of maintenance records. The C-130 Hercules Division Structures and Integrity Engineering Section Chief, AFLCMC/WLNEB described the ADC technology as "revolutionary for managing legacy USAF maintenance data." The Air Force is integrating the ADC technology into its fleet reliability web system sustained by the 581st SMXS at WR-ALC.
The NCMS Technology Showcase will immediately precede the 2017 CTMA Annual Partners and Integrated Project Meeting (http://www.ncms.org/ctma/). The CTMA program, created in 1998, is a joint Department of Defense/NCMS effort promoting collaborative technology validation, demonstration, and transition within DoD. Its objective is to ensure American troops and their equipment have the most up-to-date and best-maintained platforms, technologies and tools available.