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The "Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) is being developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to help fight fires aboard naval vessels.

Discussion:  The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is designing a seaworthy humanoid robot that will help to improve firefighting capabilities on board military vessels.  The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFIR) is intended to fight fires in cramped quarters.  It will be able to traverse obstacles, activate fire suppressors, and interact with humans as a part of  firefighting team.  The goal of SAFFIR is to save lives and costly equipment. 

Source:  CNN News

Date:  March 13, 2012

Link:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/13/tech/innovation/robot-fire-us-navy/index.html  

Discussion Questions: 

  • Where else might SAFFIR be useful?
  • What is a drawback to using robots like SAFFIR in critical, dynamic situations like firefighting?

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