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Fighting Roadside Bombs with Robots

Posted 31 Jul 2006 at 14:35 UTC by steve Share This

A Washington Post story describes several robot projects being developed to detect roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. Some of the robots are little more than modified, armor-plated radio-controlled toys. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory had gotten onboard the robots from toys program as well, converting radio controlled vehicles to tether operation to avoid radio interference. Others projects include multimillion dollar robots being developed by companies like Lockheed Martin. The article also covers more exotic technologies such as a General Dynamics laser system that sweeps the road, burning away debris that hides bombs.

iRobot shipped 85 PackBot..., posted 1 Aug 2006 at 01:55 UTC by thorn_stevens » (Journeyer)

bomb disposal robots last quarter, they announced today (and 107,000 Roombas and Scoobas). Now they are planning to add bomb-sniffers so iRobot can smell an IED and then disable it: iRobot's 1st Quarter Earnings

Excellent, posted 6 Aug 2006 at 13:17 UTC by marev » (Observer)

Real good important work happening here.

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