2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 10 Aug 2005 00:33:10 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "Robot arm could remove reef bombs"
Robot arm could remove reef bombs

Remote device set to save Puerto Rico's fish from noxious chemicals.

Michael Hopkin
August 9, 2005

The best thing to do with an unexploded bomb is usually to leave it alone. But scientists working on an abandoned US Navy bombing range in Puerto Rico have an ambitious plan to remove the site's decaying explosives to prevent an ecological disaster.

The researchers have developed a remote-controlled robot arm, which sits in shallow waters and picks the bombs from where they lie off the eastern shores of the island of Vieques. Capable of lifting up to 225 kilograms, the device lifts the bombs into a cradle that floats to the surface using air tanks.

The device could be used to remove bombs from the dozens of underwater bombing ranges around the world, says the team led by coral-reef expert James Porter of the University of Georgia, Athens, who surveyed the island, and James Barton, president of Underwater Ordnance Recovery, the Norfolk, Virginia-based company that designed the robot.

"Every coastal state of the United States, as well as the Great Lakes, rivers, and reefs on Guam and Hawaii, are affected," Porter told the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Montreal, Canada, this week. "Preparation for war is messy."


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Lenny Siegel
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