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Low-cost explosive ordnance disposal robot using off-the-shelf parts
Author(s): Andrew Czop; Kurt Hacker; James Murphy; Todd Zimmerman
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Paper Abstract

The continuing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a rapidly growing demand for mobile robots to be used during Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations. These robots are predominately used by EOD technicians for surveillance and neutralization of explosive threats from a safe standoff distance. The hazardous nature of the mission these vehicles help perform requires them to be expendable. Current commercially available systems, however, although capable of performing the mission, are costly and are not currently available in the large quantities needed by EOD technicians. The Naval EOD Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) proposes an alternative; a low cost, mobile robot using Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) parts that is specifically tailored to perform hazardous EOD missions. The main functions of this robot are efficient surveillance and explosive threat neutralization. The use of COTS parts allows for streamlined field supportability and repair. A proposed speed of five miles per hour is a drastic improvement over many existing EOD robots and will allow EOD teams to quickly survey and assess potentially dangerous situations. The manipulator will be capable of precision placement of neutralization charges. The cost of this proposed robot is $10,000. Current commercial robots capable of performing these EOD tasks range in price from $40,000 to over $150,000. This conference paper will describe the robot design and prototyping process, from gathering requirements to fabrication and testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5804, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.602526
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Czop, Titan Corp. (United States)
Kurt Hacker, Naval EOD Technology Div. (United States)
James Murphy, Naval EOD Technology Div. (United States)
Todd Zimmerman, Naval EOD Technology Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5804:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII
Grant R. Gerhart; Charles M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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