Firefighting Robot – The latest and the most sophisticated U.S. Naval gadgetMd Noman Siddique (Author) Published Date : Feb 06, 2015 05:35 IST
Last Wednesday, the prototype of a fire-extinguishing robot was revealed at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington D.C last Wednesday.
There were successful trials of this state-of-the-art technology on the USS Shadwell; a decommissioned Navy vessel funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) went ahead using thermal imaging technology to detect overheated machineries while stomping on uneven floors. SAFFiR utilized a hosepipe to put out a small fire in a sequence of experiments.
This robot is division of the Naval Prototype program Damage Control Technologies for the 21st Century or DC-21, launched to enhance shipboard condition awareness and the capability to sustain damage control with the help of new technology.
SAFFiR was built by researchers at Virginia Tech and is assisting ONR to assess the probable ways to employ unmanned systems on naval vessels.
The 5 10 tall with a weight of 143 lbs, SAFFiR has its sensors, inclusive of infrared stereovision and a orbiting laser to detect light and range LIDAR to get a visual in course of a dense smoke.
We set out to build and demonstrate a humanoid capable of mobility aboard a ship, manipulating doors and fire hoses, and equipped with sensors to see and navigate through smoke, said Thomas McKenna, ONR program manager for human-robot interaction and cognitive neuroscience, in a statement. The long-term goal is to keep Sailors from the danger of direct exposure to fire.
According to Navy, the SAFFiR is designed to take calculated steps and handling the hoses by itself but at the current state, it is functioning depending on the instructions from a computer console.
The U.S. Navy is very much familiar with sophisticated robots and the long-term idea is considering creating an advanced version of the robot, inclusive of improved intelligence, better communications ability, speed, battery and more.
Firefighting Robot – The latest and the most sophisticated U.S. Naval gadget