TALON Military Robot

IED ROBOT

What task does the robot perform?What human function or task does this robot simulate?

It can be deployed in military, first responder and law enforcement applications, and can be reconfigured to conduct a range of missions, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) / HAZMAT, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), rescue, heavy lift, communications, security, reconnaissance and detection of mines, unexploded ordinance and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It also supports special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and military police (MP) operations. It simulates diffusing bombs and a variety of other weapons.

Where is the robot used? What is its work envelope (how many degrees of freedom or flexible joints does it have)?

It is used by the military, civilian police, communications, and a variety of other places that are dangerous to humans.

Is the robotic end effector multi-functional? If so, what other tasks can it perform?

Yes, the end effector is multi-functional, it can diffuse a variety of bombs that have not detonated, as well as conducts surveillance in dangerous places that are difficult for humans to get to.

How is the robot taught to perform its task?

The TALON tracked military robot is controlled by a water-resistant operator control unit (OCU) through a two-way radio or fibre-optic link. The OCU features a quad screen display and uses nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries. It can be optionally powered by rechargeable lithium ion and non-rechargeable Alkaline batteries.

The 15kg OCU is 48.3cm long, 40.6cm wide and 22.9cm high, and uses digital / analogue line-of-sight (LOS) propagation to transmit / receive radio signals in a range between 500m to 800m. The data can also be transmitted or received using fibre optic communications within a range of 300m.

The robot can also be controlled by a laptop control unit (LCU) as well as a lightweight, wearable tactical robotic controller (TRC), which has a length of 28.57cm, width of 23.49cm, height of 6.35cm and weight of 5.44kg.http://www.army-technology.com/projects/talon-tracked-military-robot/

What sensors does the robot have and how does the robot use these sensors?

The TALON features a disruptor-ready manipulator arm, 360° rotating wrist, gripper, microphone and a loudspeaker. It is equipped with intuitive joystick controls for 180° pitch lower arm and 270° pitch upper arm.

The robot can be configured with a number of sensors to detect gas, chemical, radiation and temperature in HAZMAT duties. It can also be fitted with a heavy-duty rotating shoulder, longer reach for heavy lift operations and a range of weapons for special weapons observation reconnaissance detection system (SWORDS) duties.

The robot can be additionally installed with GPS compass, two isolated firing circuits, RE12-12 disrupter mount, portable X-ray mount, recoilless PAN disrupter mount, shotgun mount, wire cutting tool, heavy-duty tracks and sprockets, and reusable shipping / storage containers.

The robot features fixed-focus infrared illuminated gripper-mounted camera, elbow and rear cameras, dimmable LED lights and a 26x optical-12x digital auto focus colour zoom camera (300:1). It can be optionally fitted with 200m camera (40:1), thermal colour or black and white cameras, MV-14 night vision, pan / tilt / mast and WARRVS / Fish Eye cameras.

The robot is provided with one-way audio transmission with an option for two-way audio transmission. It uses USB and Ethernet communication ports and two RS 232 serial ports for payload interface. It can also be mounted with high-gain antenna with an extended LOS range of 1,200m.

Name some advantages and disadvantages of using a robot to complete this task.

One advantage of using a robot to complete this task is it could save a person's life (or limbs), and it can also be used to save people from radiation or chemical weapon exposure.

One disadvantage of using this robot is that they are expensive to create and maintain. It could also malfunction.

Describe the impact that this robot has had or could have on its intended audience.

The TALON could impact its audience by diffusing bombs therefore saving human lives; both soldier and civilians. It can detect signs of chemical or nuclear weapons, which could also save many lives.

What type of jobs/careers can this robot create to provide employment for people?

You need people to fix them, operate, build them, and maybe improve their platform. You need operators, and they are currently used by military and law enforcement throughout the world.

Predict and explain how this robot may be altered to perform more or different tasks in the future.

This robot has many capabilities. One might be to work on oil rigs, looking for areas that were potentially weak or hazardous where people couldn't reach. They could also explore areas where fuel tanks are operating to sense a leak that could be contained as well.
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