AI News, From Quake to Nuclear Disaster: Different Problems, Different Robots

From Quake to Nuclear Disaster: Different Problems, Different Robots

We’ve heard from some of our colleagues in the field about rescue robots but now the issue has shifted to nuclear response…

About the rescue robots: The rescue roboticists had contacted various fire departments who for this phase did not need the ground robots (see previous blogs) as the tasks are getting people off the tops of buildings or trying to recover bodies.

However, we have reports that there is considerable interest in robots for recovery- especially inspecting port and underwater infrastructure as well as in removing rubble.

A few years ago CRASAR looked at what it would take to use our small rescue robots to search for survivors in the aftermath of a “dirty bomb”

The bigger, slower bomb squad robots were first invented by Oak Ridge National Laboratories to handle nuclear disasters which spun off Remotec.

The newer ones are lighter and less protected and the IED robots have evolved to be even lighter- so less reliable in a nuclear disaster.

if radiation doesn’t interfere with wireless, what’s left of the walls and the various containment structures will.

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