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Seagoing Robots To Battle Shipboard Fires
Burning ship
Navy developing agile, humanoid robot to navigate ship’s tight confines while pulling a fire hose
By John Edwards


Looking for a safer and more effective way of fighting shipboard fires, scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington are working on a humanoid robot that can fight fires on nearly any type of seagoing vessel—military and commercial.

The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) is being designed to move throughout a ship without any external guidance, fighting fires and interacting with people, including fellow firefighters.

The system would take over many of the most dangerous firefighting tasks currently performed by humans.

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