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Robots with a sharp "scent" in the service of the US Navy

Robotics is developing quite actively today. The US Navy is about to embark on a project that is entirely based on the use of modern robotics. The meaning of the project is that military sailors will use a robotic group to deliver ammunition with it. The highlight of the project is that Robots they themselves will choose the necessary projectile or rocket using active electronic detection of the type of pheromone smell.

Robots with a sharp "scent" in the service of the US Navy

Those people who were engaged in sorting and delivering to the deck of an aircraft-carrying cruiser know very well how exhausting this work is. That is why the US Navy decided to entrust it not to people, but to robots.

Initially, the US military are planning to use the so-called exoskeleton. The point is that over time, special software and hardware systems that will be equipped with robotic systems will be able to find the desired ammunition in the literal sense of the word by smell. As soon as the electronic “nose” of the robot finds the ammunition, it (the ammunition) will also deliver it on deck to the aircraft.

Today there is already a similar project, which is designed for the use of robots, which determine the version of the ammunition for special optical markers. These markers are applied both to missiles with missiles, and to certain deck locations to which they need to be delivered. However, this project stalled due to the fact that the robot often has to work in conditions of minimum illumination, and therefore they could only qualitatively recognize the necessary ammunition in a small percentage of cases.

The new principle involves the chemical side, namely the process of recognizing the smell, which will be emitted by markers of another type. Robots in this case will be able to work even in total darkness.

However, here its difficulties emerge. Smells are ephemeral. For example, if the work will be carried out in conditions of smoke or torrential rain, how will the robotic “sniffer” behave, even experienced specialists will not say so. In addition, odor can be affected by high humidity or exposure to ultraviolet rays, which can also disorient the robot.

For the time being, the task of the US Navy is to create semi-autonomous robotic systems that are capable, including under human control, of raising ammunition to the ship’s deck from storage facilities and delivering them to the necessary air board. After 20 min. after the right rocket is in the right place, the marker must lose its smell, otherwise other robots might “become interested” and start re-working. The robot in the mode of intensive labor, according to the ideas of sailors, should work successfully for about a week - this is at least.

The timing of the implementation of this robot project is not specified yet. According to preliminary data, it can be translated into reality by 2020 year. The presence of new-generation robots will reduce the crew of aircraft carriers.

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  1. older
    older 11 February 2013 09: 35
    Good deal .. Let them spend money on such robots ... Eco-skeletons, yes ... Detection of odors, nonsense ... After all, even the conditions of transportation will give a peculiar smell ...
    The prospect of such a robot is so far that it does not deserve even serious conversations ...
    1. domokl
      domokl 11 February 2013 09: 49
      Quote: older
      The prospect of such a robot is so far that it does not deserve even serious conversations ...

      laughing American sailors refuse to roll heavy ammunition on the deck ... So they are reassured, like robots will do it ... lol
      1. crazyrom
        crazyrom 26 February 2013 01: 19
        We haven’t heard about barcodes in America, and why if it’s possible to sip money on the development of sniffing robots ...
    2. Sleptsoff
      Sleptsoff 11 February 2013 09: 56
      Do you consider yourself smarter than American scientists and engineers?
      1. Sleptsoff
        Sleptsoff 11 February 2013 10: 24
        Minus the panties, there is nothing to argue. The only trick is that these people are at least trying to invent something, and it is you who are sitting on the forum and discussing their projects, and not yours.
        1. BARKAS
          BARKAS 11 February 2013 10: 58
          Quote: Sleptsoff
          discuss their projects, not yours.

          The pepper is clear that they don’t discuss, but simply get hysterical every time.
  2. Apollo
    Apollo 11 February 2013 09: 35
    I recalled the parable, there is no method against scrap if there is no other scrap. One standing computer virus and all this robotics of the US Navy will fly to hell. laughing
  3. Castor oil
    Castor oil 11 February 2013 09: 42
    Those people who sorted and delivered to the deck of an aircraft carrier cruiser are well aware of how exhausting this work is. That is why the US Navy ...

    Further this nonsense can not be read ... "In this case, robots will be able to work even in pitch darkness ..." - they will save in the world: D
    Only somehow inconsistently - before some robots will smell the markers, it is necessary that other robots inflict these same markers. And they have not yet been developed ....;)
    A series of developments should be expected for slippers for the Pentagon cockroaches, and mats for laboratory mice from Langley. )))))
    1. fzr1000
      fzr1000 11 February 2013 12: 24
      Well, a marker can be applied by a person. This is not a piece of iron to rub.
      1. Castor oil
        Castor oil 11 February 2013 13: 58
        Quote: fzr1000
        Well, a marker can be applied by a person. This is not a piece of iron to rub.

        Good humor laughing
  4. KAZAK67
    KAZAK67 11 February 2013 10: 23
    And if you consider that amers like to eat beans then .....?
  5. Stiletto
    Stiletto 11 February 2013 10: 47
    When delivering ammunition, robots will be guided by the smell of footcloths. And they were canceled in the Russian army))))
  6. bulvas
    bulvas 11 February 2013 10: 53
    each army "saws" the budget in its own way ...
    simply, in one - new technologies appear, in the other - cottages and access roads to them
  7. stranik
    stranik 11 February 2013 10: 53
    And about the robots that wipe their American asses for them and change their diapers when they do it, they are silent.
    1. Simple
      Simple 11 February 2013 13: 01

  8. Simple
    Simple 11 February 2013 12: 41
    In principle, this loader (I’m talking about which is being developed) needs to choose and bring the truck with the load to
    aircraft then install it. In the form of a redone portal

    photo and video - animation


    TSOOBER 11 February 2013 14: 55
    No need to produce entities beyond the necessary, we hire a couple of Chinese and all problems are solved!
  10. Simple
    Simple 11 February 2013 15: 11

    It’s easier to put on a cargo that needs to be transported a bar code or marker.
    Why spend millions and "go through China"?
  11. Simple
    Simple 11 February 2013 15: 34

    agv asc at ect rotterdam

  12. Geisenberg
    Geisenberg 11 February 2013 17: 39
    They reinvent the wheel again. It’s not clear to me what is the significance of illumination for a robot? Is it really impossible to use lighting devices? Although let them suffer - the more they spend money on toys the easier it is for us :) ...
  13. Honory
    Honory 14 February 2016 12: 45
    Really interesting idea. Difficult. but we must begin.