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Artificial Neural Membrane (ANM) Technology

ANM technology has been described as the basis for a new class of functional structures. The concept utilizes a neuromorphic system to control and organize a complex substrate to power, fly and sense. The concept above integrated shape memory alloys.

ANM control of the membrane vehicle demonstrated the ability to induce specific control surfaces in a variety of substrates delaminating the need for dedicated ailerons, flaps and other control traditional control surfaces. The decrease energy to induce motion and weight of vehicles offers new opportunities to create new classes of aircraft and spacecraft.

ARSY is now a leader in the new field of motorless motion with applications to energy storage, 24/7 wind power, power generation, self-powered robots and AI-controlled morphing structures.

 

Membrane wing above, NIAC study demonstrated neuromorphic control of current controlling the NiTi actuator with feedback determining flapping frequency of shearflex wing. These initial experiments led to more advanced control of functional materials for flapping wings and morphing vehicles.
The micro aerial vehicle (MAV) concept developed for the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) study by ARSY, provided for the MAVs being dropped from high-altitude or low-Martian orbit to remotely sense the Martian atmosphere over a vary large area. The MAVs would eventually reach the ground where they would establish a Delay Tolerant Network (DTN) to support remote sensing on the surface, communications and data relay. The concepts of a large area wireless communications array creates a fault tolerant network for exploration. More advanced studies determined that the network could also provide data on radiation transfer and function as a self-powered network. Menges, who led the study proposed using the MAV technology for atmospheric studies and studying hurricanes on Earth.
 

NIAC funded studies can be accessed on its website. The link at the left will take you to the NIAC site.
 


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