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An unmanned ground vehicle for landmine remediation
Author(s): Steven R. Wasson; Jose Guilberto; Wade Ogg; Kevin Wedeward; Stephen Bruder; Aly El-Osery
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Paper Abstract

Anti-tank (AT) landmines slow down and endanger military advances and present sizeable humanitarian problems. The remediation of these mines by direct human intervention is both dangerous and costly. The Intelligent Systems & Robotics Group (ISRG) at New Mexico Tech has provided a partial solution to this problem by developing an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) to remediate these mines without endangering human lives. This paper presents an overview of the design and operation of this UGV. Current results and future work are also described herein. To initiate the remediation process the UGV is given the GPS coordinates of previously detected landmines. Once the UGV autonomously navigates to an acceptable proximity of the landmine, a remote operator acquires control over a wireless network link using a joystick on a base station. Utilizing two cameras mounted on the UGV, the operator is able to accurately position the UGV directly over the landmine. The UGV houses a self-contained drill system equipped with its own processing resources, sensors, and actuators. The drill system deploys a neutralizing device over the landmine to neutralize it. One such device, developed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), employs incendiary materials to melt through the container of the landmine and slowly burn the explosive material, thereby safely and remotely disabling the landmine.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5415, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX, (21 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541341
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Steven R. Wasson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Jose Guilberto, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Wade Ogg, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Kevin Wedeward, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Stephen Bruder, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Aly El-Osery, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5415:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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