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Challenges for deploying man-portable robots into hostile environments
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Paper Abstract

The Man Portable Robotic System (MPRS) project objective was to build and deliver hardened robotic systems to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York. The systems, specifically designed for tunnel and sewer reconnaissance, were equipped with visual and audio sensors that allowed the Army engineers to detect trip wires and booby traps before personnel entered a potentially hostile environment. The greatest challenges for the project stemmed from the users three main requirements: 1) man-portable (lightweight and small), 2) waterproof (not just water-resistant), and 3) soldier proof(highly rugged and reliable). The MPRS systems were, of course, plagued by the usual problems in robotics: limited battery power (run-time) and limited communications range. At the Army's request, the systems incorporated no autonomous functionality; however, MPRS did integrate several state-of-the-art components, including a fully digital video system. This paper discusses specific challenges encountered and lessons learned by the MPRS team during recent tunnel and sewer reconnaissance testing at three sites in 2000: Fort Drum (New York), Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri), and Fort Polk (Louisiana).

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4195, Mobile Robots XV and Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VII, (2 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417321
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Michael H. Bruch, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
Robin T. Laird, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
Hobart R. Everett, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4195:
Mobile Robots XV and Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VII
Matthew R. Stein; Howie M. Choset; Douglas W. Gage; Matthew R. Stein, Editor(s)

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