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Drones don’t just fly. Here’s one that crawls inside sewer pipes.

Posted By admin On August 13, 2013 @ 11:05 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Brian Fung
Washington Post [1]
August 13, 2013

They call it the Pipe Snake.

Designed to infiltrate a building’s plumbing system, the Pipe Snake can navigate everything from steep, vertical climbs to elbow-curves. But its primary purpose isn’t to neutralize bad guys. In fact, it’s one of a growing class of unmanned tools designed to help first-responders reach trapped disaster victims.

In the midst of a natural disaster, getting information about who or what may be inside a downed building can be unsafe. So Lt. Kyle Fitle and David Carte, who graduated this year from the U.S. Air Force Academy, decided to MacGyver their way to a solution.

The result involves a telescoping metal rod with extendable arms coming out from the sides. The arms are equipped with pads that grip the walls of a sewage pipe, while a built-in motor alternately retracts the arms and extends the rod to push it forward while another set of arms holds the snake in place.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/13/drones-dont-just-fly-heres-one-that-crawls-inside-sewer-pipes/

[2] China sewer pipe baby back with mother: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-sewer-pipe-baby-back-with-mother.html

[3] Drones Becoming Pervasive INSIDE America: http://www.prisonplanet.com/drones-becoming-pervasive-inside-america.html

[4] Sheriff Wants Drones To Peek Inside Buildings: http://www.prisonplanet.com/sheriff-wants-drones-to-peek-inside-buildings.html

[5] DHS To Launch Insurgent-Tracking Drones Inside America: http://www.prisonplanet.com/dhs-to-launch-insurgent-tracking-drones-inside-america.html

[6] The Pentagon Hopes To Arm Drones With Laser Weapons Inside Five Years: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-pentagon-hopes-to-arm-drones-with-laser-weapons-inside-five-years.html

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