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Bomb-disposal robots - How do they work?

How It Works magazine takes a look at the Cobham tEODor to learn how these bomb-disposal robots are built to disarm explosives

In April 2013, How It Works Magazine took a look at the Cobham tEODor to learn how these robots are built to disarm explosives.


Bomb-disposal, or explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), robots are one of the many tools a technician might use to disarm dangerous weapons. Besides the human cost of losing a bomb technician in the field, training a bomb-disposal officer is significantly more expensive than buying an EOD robot.


As a result, maintaining a safe distance from a potential bomb is of paramount importance and only in extreme situations will the technician enter the blast range and put their hands on the device themselves.


One of the most widely used bomb-disposal robots today is the Cobham tEODor (pictured). The base robot is a twin-track vehicle with a host of military applications, but the standard tEODor is the bomb-disposal specialist.


It's equipped with an arm-like manipulator, sensors and a camera on a boom for enabling the operator to remotely disarm ordnance and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).


In most cases, the technician working with the robot will sit at a safe distance with the control station. This is a laptop-like device which consists of a monitor showing the robot's point of view as well as its surroundings, plus a joystick and control panel to manipulate the arm and manoeuvre the tracks.


Look out for the full article coming in the June edition of Cobham Update magazine and on the Cobham website.


See Cobham's full range of Unmanned Systems including Remote Controlled Robotic Solutions and a range of Service Vehicles to support operations.


Thanks to Ben Biggs and the How It Works Magazine team for a great article about Cobham's technology. Link to original article here.

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