Portable Robot Mine Detection and Classification System
Most mine clearing operations require that a human operate a mine detection apparatus. This places the human in mortal danger. To date no mine detection devices have a 100% probably of detection capability and a low false alarm rate. Mine clearing must be done quickly and therefore adds an additional element of stress to the human operator. Non lethal metal objects also slow down the operation.
The researchers at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have developed a small robot mine detection system. This mine rover is a simple wheeled system manufactured from low metal components. It supports a low cost EMI (electromagnetic induction) metal detector. Other sensors could be placed on the mine rover for other applications like chemical or biological detection. For mine detection the rover would be approximately 90 cm long, 30 cm wide and 30 cm high. The ground clearance would be 3-5 cm. The most sensitive mine detection rover would utilize The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory developed ETD (Electromagnetic Target Discriminator) sensor. For other applications various size rovers are required to accommodate their specific sensor package.
Patent Status: U.S. patent(s) 6791329 issued.
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