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Oil Well Fire Fighting RoboCrane 1/20th scale working model. The 1 m model included (non-powered) tracked vehicles, controlled six degree-of-freedom platform motion carrying a chimney and heat-shield, screwdriver winches and a joystick controller. The system was made of tubing that demonstrated water cooling of the structure. The concept included driving the robot over the well, deploying the chimney over the well-head, and allowing workers access to the well-head to cap it while shielded from the heat with the heat-shield. Tracked vehicles could be remote-controlled M-1 tanks coordinated with sensor feedback from robot leg angles and vehicle rotation with respect to the leg, both input to the mobility controller.


Created August 24, 2011, Updated January 5, 2017