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.
|Title of host publication||Rescue Robotics|
|Subtitle of host publication||DDT Project on Robots and Systems for Urban Search and Rescue|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
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