After Action Report to the Joint Program Office: Center for the Robotic Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) Related Efforts at the World Trade Center   [open pdf - 1MB]

"We report on the lessons learned from the deployment of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego (SSC San Diego) urban robot (URBOT) in the search and rescue efforts following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack upon the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. Based upon these lessons learned and upon our earlier experiences with the development and operation of small tactical mobile robots, we then provide specific recommendations for the further development, deployment, and operation of civilian remotely operated search and rescue (ROSAR) robots. The major deficiencies noted in the current generation of remotely operated vehicles for the urban search and rescue tasks included limited situation awareness, limited mobility, and limited protection from environmental hazards. The unfamiliarity of the first-responders with the robotic technologies also limited their use in the search and rescue operations. Integrated Product/Process Development Team (IPPDT) procedures now employed within the Department of Defense (DoD) robotics development community could be profitably applied to the search and rescue problem."

Report Number:
Technical Document No. 3141
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Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC): http://www.dtic.mil/
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