Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Rescue Robot For Mine Emergencies

The Associated Press

HUNKER, Pa. (AP) — The newest tool in mine safety is 30 inches wide, 50 inches tall and can work without arms.

The rescue robot, dubbed V-2, was developed to enter mines during emergencies to locate possible escape routes for those trapped inside and determine whether it's safe for humans to enter.

The robot was unveiled to the public Wednesday at the Mine Safety and Health Administration's district office, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.

Equipped with three surveillance cameras, atmospheric detectors, night-vision capability and a communication system, the robot can tell officials what conditions exist in a mine before anyone is sent in.

The robot resembles a miniature military tank with a long, movable arm. It rolls on six small tires that move on a continuous rubber track.
V-2 can travel 5,000 feet without stopping.

The $265,000 robot was built with the help of three companies: Remotec in Oakridge, Tenn.; Mining Control in Beckley; and Industrial Scientific in Indiana, Pa. NewsFlash - V-2 robot newest safety tool in mine emergencies


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