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\F3\C154 EAST DANA STREET
\CMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. 94041
\F1\CDecember 1, 1976
Mr. Alan Montross
Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Avenue S.W.
Washington D. C. 20375
Dear Mr. Montross:
This letter is written with reference to your contract number
N00173-75-C-0582 covering the purchase of a Vicarm Manipulator System from
This letter is to follow up our letter of October 29, 1976 and copy of
same letter sent Nov. 24, 1976. This letter also confirms receipt of your
telegram of Nov. 26.
We at Vicarm feel that we have already done more than is required
of us per our contract with you. And yet you still insist on furthur
documentation and details not specifically called for in the contract
before you consider payment for item 0001AB- the Logic Unit.
In view of your stand, we have decided to do nothing more for you
until we recieve payment in full. We therefore now offer you two
alternatives. You should PAY US IN FULL plus a reasonable sum for your late
payment on this contract, and then we will negotiate settlement of the
differences specifically relating to the written details of the contract.
Or you should IMMEDIATELY RETURN the Manipulator System and we will refund
the amount you have paid in full.
Vicarm is a small company with very limited resources. We hereby declare
that we are unable to do anything more for you until payment in full is received.
We also hereby inform you that your posession of an unpaid for manipulator system
is causing us great hardship as we are financially unable to manufacture more systems
until your payment is received , or until you return the system for us to attempt
to resell. Our books are open for your inspection should you care to verify these
In your telegram you have requested certain additional documentation.
Immediately upon payment we will do the following:\.
1) Have you send the manipulator system back to us and we will
attempt to modify the electronics to the best of our ability to improve the
2) We will send you source code for our interface test program. This will
enable you to understand how to implement your own software thru this example.
3) We will send you more detailed pinout lists for understanding our
interface and control circuits.
\J Vicarm feels no obligation whatsoever to send you any information on
our solution program algorithms or any other VAL software details other than what
you have already received. There is nothing in our contract with you which requires
this and our refusal to do so is consistent with industry practice. The price
we have set on these details( outlined in our letter of Oct. 29) is also
considered fair by industry standards.
At this time we also retract any offer of a discount for unacceptable
software. The fact that you have been using it as a basis for some of your complaints
is sufficient reason for us to believe that it really is of some use to you, and
therefore must remain part of the contract.\.