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Inexpensive semi-autonomous ground vehicles for defusing IEDs
Author(s): Chris Davenport; James Lodmell; Phillip C. Womble; Alexander Barzilov; Jon Paschal; Robert Hernandez; Kyle T. Moss; Lindsay Hopper
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Paper Abstract

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are an important concern to coalition forces during the conflicts in the Middle East. These devices are responsible for many casualties to American armed forces in the Middle East. These explosives are particularly dangerous because they are improvised with materials readily available to the designer, and there is no systematic way of explosive ordinance disposal. IEDs can be made from things such as standard military ammunition and can be detonated with common electronic devices such as cell phones and garage door openers. There is a great need for a low cost solution to neutralize these IEDs. At the Applied Physics Institute we are building a single function disrupter robot whose sole purpose is to neutralize these IEDs. We are modifying a toy remote control car to control it either wirelessly using WI-FI (IEEE 802.11) or wired by tethering the vehicle with an Ethernet cable (IEEE 802.3). The robot will be equipped with a high velocity fuze disrupter to neutralize the IED as well as a video camera for inspection and aiming purposes. This robot utilizes commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components which keeps the cost relatively low. Currently, similar robot systems have been deployed in Iraq and elsewhere but their method of operation is such that it is impractical to use in non-combat situations. We will discuss our design and possible deployment scenarios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6943, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VII, 694307 (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782988
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Chris Davenport, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
James Lodmell, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Phillip C. Womble, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Alexander Barzilov, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Jon Paschal, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Robert Hernandez, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Kyle T. Moss, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Lindsay Hopper, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6943:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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