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Tactical mobile robotic search and rescue mission modules
Author(s): David R. McAndrew; Arnis Mangolds; Daniel R. Deguire
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Paper Abstract

Foster-Miller, under the sponsorship of LTC John Blitch's DARPA TMR program, has developed a number of prototype payloads that can be fit onto small robotic platforms for the purpose of performing various search and rescue functions. Presently they have been designed for the Lemmings-type vehicle but the intent in to construct them so that they are plug and play modules for a larger variety of systems. The function modules include: modified image intensifiers and thermal cameras for dark terrain search; two-way voice communications; fingerprint identification; door breaching for operation in hazardous environments; water, material and air sampling and monitoring kits; deployable combat casualty rescue nets; and rescue line launchers with fire control. The vehicle is amphibious to 90-ft and has been fitted with various underwater sensors for search and recovery operations. The vehicle can be fitted with a 14, 18 or a 40-in fold-up mast for out of reach operations. This paper will discuss the functionality of the subsystems and how they relate to robotic platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4024, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology II, (10 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391638
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David R. McAndrew, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Arnis Mangolds, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Daniel R. Deguire, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4024:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology II
Grant R. Gerhart; Robert W. Gunderson; Chuck M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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