The motivation behind our proposal for an
autonomous ground based robot is the detection and
removal/deactivation of land mines.
According to CNN, a land mine explodes every
twenty-two minutes maiming or killing 26,000 people a year, of which
most are women and children who happen to live in former war zones.
By current estimates , there are more than one-hundred ten million
land mines in existence in the world today. At the current pace, it
would take thirty-three billion dollars and eleven centuries to
clear away all the land mines. A land mine costs on the order of
three to thirty dollars to make, while conversely it takes about
three-hundred to three-thousand dollars to find and clear a
minefield. To make matters worse, modern land mines are being made
of plastic, making them almost impossible to detect.
Land mines have obviously proven to be a very
deadly and difficult problem in many countries with no easy
solution. The labor and high cost of finding and clearing a
minefield makes the opportunity to find an inexpensive solution a
wise avenue to pursue. Additionally, given the inherent risks in
land mine detection, finding willing volunteers is also something of
a problem. It would seem that some autonomous platform would be in
order. We propose to pursue such an avenue and build such a small,
unmanned, and inexpensive autonomous vehicle to seek out and remove
and/or deactivate land mines.
Source: CNN, http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9710/10/land.mines/
Source: Land mines estimate,
Objectives & Goals
The objectives set by Endeavor Robotics for the
autonomous ground based robot is as follows:
- To design, fabricate, and document, the
respective subsystems of the autonomous ground based robot.
These are to include, but are not limited, to the following
- Chassis system
- Motor controlling system
- Power system
- Processing system
- Sensor system
- To test and integrate each subsystem into a
working autonomous ground based robot.
- To have the robot traverse an obstacle course
under its own power and judgment.
- To design a robot to complete the obstacle
course at the quickest and most efficient possible method.
- To locate and disable mines in a dedicated