Lockheed Martin has donated $10,000 to expand robotics exploration at the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus. The gift will help more students learn about robotics and will help to promote interest and inspire innovation in the field, such as the student-designed underwater remote-controlled rescue robot, "Medusa," which won first place in the university division at the National Underwater Robotics Challenge recently in Chandler, Ariz.
Based on the University's mission to support robotics and unmanned aviation vehicle research, the Lockheed Martin donation is part of a recent expansion at the University, according to Prescott Chancellor Dan Carrell.
The lab now boasts a six-degree-of-freedom industrial assembly robot to support traditional manufacturing robotic design and a series of mobile robotics platforms for autonomous research. For ground-based mobile robotics, the lab uses differential drive robots that integrate microprocessor-controlled pan-tilt cameras for computer vision, embedded Linux computers and dedicated motor controllers. In support of underwater autonomous robotics, the lab is home for the "Medusa" student project enabling further national autonomous competition.
The Lockheed Martin gift will be instrumental in expanding the lab facilities to add a mechanical/electronics component to the curriculum.