Monday, April 27, 2009

Robot Heroics: Recovering the Dead, Catching Fugitives

Robots made the news repeatedly early this week, for silicon heroics that, for once, had nothing to do with the war on terror or unexploded IEDs. On Friday a remote-operated underwater vehicle was able to locate and recover the bodies of 16 of the 16 people died in the crash of a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter off the coast of Newfoundland. The transport helicopter was ferrying 16 workers to the StatoilHydro owned Hibernia oil platform when the helicopter went down, about 55 kilometers offshore, after a distress call that said the helicopter had lost oil pressure in the main gearbox. Robert Decker, a 30-year-old ice spotter on the North Atlantic rig, was the only one of 18 passengers and crew to survive. He was picked up by… View this post

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