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 Post subject: Using Robots to Fight Pirates!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:10 am 
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http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/robots/anti-pirate-robots-to-board-hostile-ships-14227951?click=pm_latest

They call it the ladder of death. But soon it could be robots—not U.S. Navy sailors—making the descent.

U.S. Navy Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) teams carry out thousands of operations every year, inspecting vessels suspected of smuggling, piracy, or breaking embargoes. The eight-man team approaches in a small boat; if the vessel to be inspected refuses to lower a ladder, the Navy team must board with grappling hooks and rope ladders. The "ladder of death" leads down into the dark bowels of the ship, and the sinister name reflects the risk that the first man down could run into an ambush or a booby trap.

Hoa Nguyen, of the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, says a new robot called Stingray could take some of the risk out of VBSS operations. The military and police can already toss small robots, or throwbots, through a door or over a wall to send back video from the other side. But after working with VBSS teams, Nguyen developed the specifications for a specialized boarding robot that could go on a hostile vessel ahead of the sailors.


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Why not build a quadrotor that could fly about a ship? Nguyen says an operator in a boat that was pitching up and down would have a hard time controlling a remote helicopter, especially out of line of sight and in high winds. Flying indoors in very confined spaces can be difficult, and a ground robot is much better for covert infiltration.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:56 pm 
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1st post for me since an eternity

nice photo !

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:22 pm 
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Pierre wrote:
nice photo !


Indeed with that kind of robot no one will resist !


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:44 pm 
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Ravi de voir que tu rôdes toujours dans les parages, le Belge, et que tu veilles au grain! :fries:

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Pierre wrote:
Ravi de voir que tu rôdes toujours dans les parages, le Belge, et que tu veilles au grain! :fries:

Oui l'Alsacien, mon ombre tutélaire plane toujours sur le site; discrète mais attentive. Le soudain "afflux" de nouveaux membres nous permettra peut-être de renouer avec d'anciennes habitudes. :stork:


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