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EOD Robot

Arm Grabbing a Bottle Unloading the Robot from the Van Officer controlling the Robot

The Robot

Bomb disposal is one of the most dangerous activities for a law enforcement officer. The Tampa Police Department's Bomb Squad uses a robot to make the officer's job a little safer. The robot above is called Andros and is made by the Remotec, a subsidiary of the Northrop Grummen Corporation. Andros has a camera coupled with a strong light. The knobby tires and the tracks provide good stability and rough terrain capability. Finally, there is a sturdy manipulator on the front. The robot uses this manipulator to pick up the bomb and then uses the mobility platform to move the bomb to a remote location where it can be safely destroyed by secondary explosives. All of these activities are remotely controlled by an officer.