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Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR)

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Bilal Ayyub


We originated the concept of the EATR in 2003 and the project was sponsored as a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project by an agency of the Department of Defense.


autonomous tactical robot, long-range, biomass foraging


The purpose of the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR)™ (patent pending) project is to develop and demonstrate an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling, which would otherwise preclude the ability of the robot to perform such missions.


The system obtains its energy by foraging – engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like, energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating. It can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable.

Overview of approach

This demonstration project can lead to three potential Phase III commercialization projects:

  • The development of prototype and operational EATR™ systems for military and civil applications;
  • New civil and military applications for the autonomous intelligent control system
  • Development of the hybrid external combustion engine system for civil and military automotive applications, whether for manned or unmanned vehicles.


Dr. Bilal Ayyub
0303–0307 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Dr. Ayyub's web site: Personal home page
Project web site: Click Here
Additional information on the project: Click Here


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