Sandia Labs Hosts Robot Rodeo with Training Scenarios for Bomb Squads

Published by , June 25, 2018 1:30 pm

(PopularMechanics) Sandia National Laboratories hosts an annual robot rodeo in the desert in New Mexico. Bomb squads around the country bring their own robots to compete and train in the event. The robot training scenarios mimic real world scenarios. The bomb squads also enter downed planes, faux-radioactive sites, and climb flights of stairs.
The goal is to help bomb squads handle dire situations in the real world, and help test robot operators’ problem-solving skills. Driving robots is a perishable skill — for bomb squads, it’s imperative that the skill doesn’t get rusty. Typically, 10 to 12 teams compete in 10 to 12 scenarios of 90 minutes each.

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