Team of Robots Fight Chemical Fires
QinetiQ has developed a team of firefighting robots and recently gave a demonstration in London of the 4 putting out fires from industrial gas acetylene cylinders. Talon, who has done duty in Iraq, runs on tracks, can climb stairs and takes images with video and thermal cameras in tight spaces. Bison has grippers and cutting tools for accessing sites and directs a small jet of water on a cylinder. His camers let his users know if there is steam coming out, which indicates a danger. Black Max, a remote controlled 4 wheeled vehicle, puts out the fire with a hose while the industrial Brokk can pick up and move the cylinders with its claw. Qinetiq is hoping that the team can also be used for chemical spills or biological contamination.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 3, 2009 8:52 AM