NRL Developing Shipboard Fire Fighter
The U. S. Navy has been developing a firefighter for its fleet based on Virginia Tech's CHARLI-L1. NRL is in charge of the project that also involves the University of Penn. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot will be able to sense a fire with the use of sensors and an IR camera can shoot through smoke. Made autonomous with the assistance of algorithms, it will work in small spaces or on ladderways and be capable of throwing extinguishing grenades at its target. SAFFiR can work for up to 30 minutes per charge and can move in all directions while balancing even in rough seas. Testing should occur onboard the ex-USS Shadwell in September 2013.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at March 15, 2012 11:56 AM