The Mission

This is not a blog for broadcasting which restaurant is my favorite this week.  

This is not a blog for spewing ideals.

This IS a blog for spewing ideas, however.

 

The concept here is not a simple one, but the motivation is.  The mission here is to design, create, and construct a Remotely Operated Robotic Vehicle (further referred to as RORV). The goal of this RORV will be marking (via visual and by GPS tagging) and ultimate destruction of Unexploded Ordinance (further referred to as UEO) that is located in civilian areas.

 

The focus of the initial project will be the country of Cambodia.  A nation with one of the largest rates of amputees in the world, with over residential amputation victims.  After a sucessful prototype is constructed and thoroughly tested, the project may adapt the RORV for use in other terrains and environments.  The mission, however, will remain the same.  Protect human life from these fatal war remenants.

 

This project will be long term, as in a multiple year project.  After a completed prototype is constructed, field testing in the focus area must be carried out.  The prototype will be adapted and adjusted to the real life conditions that the RORV is to be operated in prior to the release of a working model.  

 

A project of this scale will require people working together, sharing skills and knowledge, if it is to be successful.  I am trying to get word out, and have professionals in various areas of expertise.  Throughout the entire project, I will be trying to recruit people to contribute to it, in any way they are willing. Skills, Knowledge, Ideas, Services, Materials, Machining.  All important areas that will require attention.

 

This “blog” is also being setup to document the process of construction.  Updates will be regular.  In addition to this web page, we are keeping detailed written work journals (to be exported to PDF for release) and also by video journal and pictures.

 

Further posts will contain details on the project requirements, as well as initial thoughts on how to overcome problems.  Many of the ideas are my own, some belong to other people, and others are hybrid ideas (made possible by entire communities-forums,social networks,random advice/help,etc).   One person cannot create such an RORV on their own.  It takes a team.

 

One question I have received from the community, was similar to this: “Why?  What’s the point?  Wouldn’t it be more effective to focus on fundraising, so that existing “bomb squad”-type robots could be purchased?

 

My response is that this project is looking for a low cost, low requirement for training for construction and operation.  Modern EOD bots are very proprietary, very expensive, and require a large amount of operator training.  There is almost no chance of a hacker or hobbyist being able to reproduce one of these machines.  To buy one new will run you easily over $300k.  And then, you have to send someone to school so that they can safely operate it.

 

The attempted approach of this is slightly different (but again shares common goals).  This RORV will be specifically designed to mark and remove UEO from various terrain areas.  It will also be specifically designed to be low cost, and only moderately difficult to replicate or adapt.   The dream in my mind right now involves a completed RORV that was safe and effective.  An RORV that people may say “I could make one of those.”  and hopefully think “I’ll donate it”.  There is nothing proprietary here.  This will be an open-source project.  Anyone may use it as they like.  I don’t intend to make $1 in profit from this.  The goals are much more valuable.

 

Upcoming posts will detail the method that we are currently gearing towards, as well as specifics, and plenty of brainstorming.

 

I appreciate any and all feed back.  I think I set this blog up so that anyone may comment without having a wordpress account.  If you can not comment, please contact me at 2600.ghost@gmail.com.

 

Huck

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2 responses to “The Mission

  1. I just did a quick read so I may have missed something. How does your robot find the unexploded ordnance it is going to mark? Finding is the most difficult process with landmines so locating UXO in general can’t be easy. Have you run your ideas by people at organizations such as Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Halo Trust or Find a Better Way? (From Laurel Anne Hill, moderator of the Minds Clearing Land Mines WordPress Blog.)

    • We’re currently researching several methods of accurate detection. If the operator cannot locate them, then they cannot be marked or destroyed. A few methods include: Advanced Metal Detectors (coils), Infrared, Spectral Analyzers, Micro Impulse Radar, and others. Some issues exist with each, however. Since the composition of munitions casings will vary, there may not be one suitable detection method that will be effective for everything. Microwave Enhanced IR detection and Micro Impulse Radar seem like promising candidates, however.

      Thank you for the organizations that you suggested. I will be in contact with them, and will post their advice.

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