Disaster information gathering aerial robot systems

Masahiko Onosato, Satoshi Tadokoro, Hiroaki Nakanishi, Kenzo Nonami, Kuniaki Kawabata, Yasushi Hada, Hajime Asama, Fumiaki Takemura, Kiyoshi Maeda, Kenjiro Miura, Atsushi Yamashita

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This chapter introduces R&D results for aerial robot systems for urban search and rescue (USAR). Different types of aerial robot system have been developed and effectively combined so as to offer a quick and continuous service for disaster information gathering. First, autonomous helicopters collect disaster situation data from the sky for first decision making in USAR planning. Then, a blimptype robot system and a cable-driven robot system survey victims under collapsed houses by detecting faint signs of life. As a continuous information service, a captive balloon system with a monitoring camera presents bird's-eye-views of the disaster area, and relays wireless communication among working teams on the ground. These robot systems and other developed technologies are integrated to provide a total solution for quick information gathering from the sky for USAR activity support. The availability of aerial robot systems was demonstrated in field tests conducted at Yamakoshi village.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRescue Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationDDT Project on Robots and Systems for Urban Search and Rescue
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781848824737
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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