ROBOTS WORK TO COUNTER BOMB THREATS

By Larine Barr, Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH, 4/29/2005 , (AFPN) — After a civil engineer was injured by a sub-munition while clearing a bed-down area during the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom at Tallil Air Base, Iraq, it was time to find a solution to the problem

Robotics research group officials are investigating the next generation of robotic devices to address rising threats from terrorist explosives.

The Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., based group is developing small robots that will be able to conduct visual reconnaissance and detection as well as defeat the devices. It is part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s materials and manufacturing directorate.

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