According to an MSNBC story, well known robot researcher Robin Murphy of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue is in New Orleans with her team of scientists and robots. They'll be assisting with search and rescue while testing out their latest hardware in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The CRASAR polymorphic Super Bujold robots will be used to explore collapsed buildings and debris. Each robot carries a 2-way radio, video cameras, FLIR, hazmat detection, and optional medical payloads. They'll be trying out flying robots that can provide fast, detailed aerial images (including new models based on like90 micro helicopter hardware). The team also has a variety of active and passive sensor packs that can mounted on robots and positioned by humans. What's it take to build a good rescue robot? CRASAR has developed a list of requirements from their past experiences with 9/11 as well as natural disasters.