Sandia's Gemini-Scout to Help Rescue Miners

Posted 22 Aug 2011 at 16:46 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast Share This

image of Sandia Gemini-Scout

In a news release dated August 16th, Sandia National Laboratories announced the development of a robot, dubbed the Gemini-Scout, intended to explore mines in the aftermath of an accident. From the press release:

In the first moments after a mining accident, first responders work against the clock to assess the situation and save the miners. But countless dangers lurk: poisonous gases, flooded tunnels, explosive vapors and unstable walls and roofs. Such potentially deadly conditions and unknown obstacles can slow rescue efforts to a frustrating pace.

To speed rescue efforts, engineers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a robot that would eliminate some of the unknowns of mine rescue operations and arm first responders with the most valuable tool: information.

Developed over a period of three years with funding from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Gemini-Scout was demonstrated last week at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems North America symposium.

See more of the latest robot news!

Recent blogs

30 Sep 2017 evilrobots (Observer)
10 Jun 2017 wedesoft (Master)
9 Jun 2017 mwaibel (Master)
25 May 2017 AI4U (Observer)
25 Feb 2017 steve (Master)
16 Aug 2016 Flanneltron (Journeyer)
27 Jun 2016 Petar.Kormushev (Master)
2 May 2016 motters (Master)
10 Sep 2015 svo (Master)
14 Nov 2014 Sergey Popov (Apprentice)
Share this page