Robotic platform

  • US 20020189871A1
  • Filed: 07/24/2002
  • Published: 12/19/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/27/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An articulated tracked vehicle comprising:

  • a main section including a main frame having two sides and a front end, and including a pair of parallel main tracks, each including a flexible continuous belt coupled to a corresponding side of the main frame; and

    a forward section including an elongated arm having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the arm being pivotally coupled to the main frame near the forward end of the main frame about a transverse axis generally perpendicular to the sides of the main frame, the arm having a length sufficiently long to allow the forward section to extend below the main section in at least some degrees of rotation of the arm, and a length shorter than the length of the main section;

    wherein the center of mass of the main section is located forward of the rearmost point reached by the distal end of the arm in its pivoting about the transverse axis.

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