article quotes rescue robot expert Robin Murphy on the need for
better search and rescue robots. She says the robot used in the recent
disaster in Talmansville, West Virginia was not designed for
that type of work. It was actually a 520kg commercial bomb disposal
became bogged down in mud after moving just 21 meters into the mine. Murphy's
team is working on new types of robots that can "squirm through
rubble, or crawl through boreholes, or clamber over obstacles on legs,
[and] could someday go into mines quickly ahead of rescuers". The
biggest problem faced by researchers is resistance of government and
industry to investing in rescue robot research.
We did a couple of stories o CMU's mine mapper robot back 2002.
"Ridiculous" is the word mining industry officials used to describe the
idea of a mine mapping robot when it was first proposed by CMU. But
by Novemember CMU had
demonstrated a working robot, Groundhog,
that could do the job. After watching the demo, mining officials were
merely "skeptical" of the idea. I don't think they ever offered a dime
in help pay for further research despite the fact that inaccurate maps
were directly responsible for the Quecreek mine accident.
CRASAR has 3-6 of our versitile drop cameras and crawling robots. Why
Dr. Murphy says they are developing new robots for rubble rescue, I'm
I know you can always improve on what you have, but NO WAY should have
the V2 Robot been sent into that mine!!!