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Full Scale Atlas Prototype

Design and manufacturing are currently progressing on the full scale Atlas simulator platform. Many components have already been purchased or manufactured, while others are still in the design phase.

Design Review Photo March 28th, 2015

Design Review Photo March 28th, 2015

Sphere Transportation
MOOG Motion Platform Demo

 

Atlas Technology Demonstrator Platform

Completed in Year 8 (2009-2010), The Atlas TDP was built to test the motion and orientation systems designed for the Atlas simulator. It consists of spherical shell 4 feet in diameter resting atop three powered mecanum wheels. An Arduino mounted in the center of the sphere provides rough inertial orientation data, while a camera mounted at the base determines the exact position of the sphere by looking at the circular bar codes spaced across its surface.

The Atlas TDP in its current state.

The Atlas TDP in its current state.

A closeup of the mechanum wheels supporting the sphere.  The camera used for the visual orientation system is visible at the bottom the photograph.

A closeup of the mecanum wheels supporting the sphere. The camera used for the visual orientation system is visible at the bottom the photograph.

 

Atlas Lite

Atlas Lite was built as a test of concept for the novel actuation design of the Atlas simulator.  It was later retrofitted for development of the visual orientation system, which originally used colored circles instead of bar codes.

Atlas Lite version 1.0, created in Year 3 (2004-2005) to test the proposed motion design.

Atlas Lite version 1.0, created in Year 4 (2005-2006) to test the proposed motion design.

Atlas Lite 2.1, Year 5 (2006-2007). The original Atlas Lite platform modified for VOS testing.

Atlas Lite 2.1, Year 5 (2006-2007). The original Atlas Lite platform has been modified for VOS testing.

Atlas Lite demonstrating simulation, the VOS software, and sphere actuation.

 

Several Integrated Degree of Freedom (SIDFreD)

SIDFreD was the first simulator designed during the CUSP project. The platform integrates sway, pitch, and roll motion and has served as a learning and development platform in parallel with the design of the Atlas platform.

A frontal view of SIDFreD taken in 2005.

A front view of the SIDFreD platform taken near the end of Year 3 (2004-2005).

 

The SIDFreD platform in action, Year 7 (2008-2009).

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