Eastern National Robot Rodeo 2017 concludes in Georgia

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The explosive ordnance disposal teams from the US Air Force, Navy, Army, Cobb County Police Department and the UK Royal Air Force have participated in the Eastern National Robot Rodeo at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia.

The five-day-long Robot Rodeo involved seven different training scenarios, during which participants used different sized robots and techniques.

The scenarios included removing explosives from a large vehicle improvised explosive device and handling a small jar of explosive chemical compound locked inside a cabinet drawer.

Commenting on the event, 94th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) flight operations section chief Master Sergeant Richard Swann said: “It highlights areas where even though robots and technology have progressed to this amazing point that it is now, there are still things that it can’t do that would be nice from a bomb tech’s perspective because it makes it even safer for us.

“That’s what each of those scenarios is designed to do – to target a different task or a different capability of each robot.”

The event was sponsored by the Technical Support Working Group of the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, the UK Ministry of Defense’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

Swann added: “Those three funding partners have come together with the joint mission of trying to identify robotics capabilities, where the gaps in current technology are and where we need to go forward to improve.”


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