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Military Robotics - Surface: Now that we are in the information age, armies everywhere have begun research on robotics, both surface ones and airborne ones.  This episode is about the surface ones. Robots are useful because they never get distracted, they never...

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Now that we are in the information age, armies everywhere have begun
research on robotics, both surface ones and airborne ones.  This
episode is about the surface ones.

Robots are useful because they never get distracted, they never get
tired, and they never get fearful.  Also, commanders don't have to
worry about human loss when they are using robots.  Some of the more
famous robots currently used include:
MDARS: Autonomous, resembles R2D2 from Star Wars, patrols and secures DoD storage sitesTOV: Teleoperated, resembles a Humvee, used to identify enemy armor and designate air strikesTALON/SWORDS: Teleoperated, miniature tanks equipped with a variety of sensors and weaponsPackbot: Teleoperated, man-portable, durable and used to scout out the other side of a wallAUV: Autonomous, underwater, used to identify aquatic minefieldsSuper Scorpio: Teleoperated, underwater, used to recover lost naval equipment

For more information, read:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/military-robot.htm
http://www.spawar.navy.mil/robots/
How to Make War by James F. Dunnigan


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