Power for Microsystems Strategic Technology Initiative Report on MAST Mission Power Requirements

Report No. ARL-TR-4884
Authors: Brian Morgan and Sarah Bedair
Date/Pages: July 2009; 22 pages
Abstract: The development of Micro Autonomous Systems faces numerous technical hurdles. Beyond fundamental questions about locomotion at small scales and cooperative group behaviors is an ever-increasing need for efficiency and power, as each additional function on the system will require a finite amount of energy to execute its task. This report analyzes some of the basic power requirements for a mobile Microsystem in the context of a hypothetical military mission profile. The needs for various locomotion modalities, as well as system sizes, are compared with existing or emerging power sources to determine feasibility. A survey of systems being developed under the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technologies (MAST) Collaborative Technologies Alliance (CTA) is included to give the reader a concept of the breadth of power-consuming devices envisioned for future platforms.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: July 1, 2009