“Griffon: A Man-Portable Hybrid UGV/UAV,” Brian Yamauchi and Pavlo Rudakevych,
, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 443-450, 2004.
Griffon: A Man-Portable Hybrid UGV/UAV
Brian Yamauchi and Pavlo RudakevychiRobot Corporation63 South AvenueBurlington, MA firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.comABSTRACT
To demonstrate proof-of-concept of the Griffon man-portable hybrid UGV/UAV based on the iRobot PackBot.
We developed the Griffon Air Mobility System (AMS)consisting of a gasoline-powered propeller engine, a steerable parafoil, and a radio-controlledservo system. We integrated the AMS with a PackBot prototype, and we conducted ground andflight tests to validate this concept.
The Griffon prototype was capable of remote-controlled takeoff, flight, and landing.The Griffon achieved speeds of over 20 mph and altitudes of up to 200 feet.
We demonstrated the feasibility of developing a man- portable hybrid UGV/UAV. Future work may explore the possibilities for teleoperated, semi-autonomous, and fully autonomous control using the Griffon concept. The parafoil wing limitsthe usability of this vehicle in windy conditions, but this could be addressed using a lightweightfixed wing instead.
Man-portable hybrid UGV/UAVs may be used by the military to perform reconnaissance and strike missions in urban environments, and by civilian teams toconduct search-and-rescue operations in hazardous terrain.
This research provides the first demonstration of a man-portable unmannedvehicle capable of both flight and ground locomotion, and it does so using a combat-tested UGV platform.
Mobile robotics, UGV, UAV, urban combat