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Robots are engaged in processing thousands of dangerous ammunition

After the invention of firearms beforepeople got another important task - the disposal of old ammunition. Until now, mankind has not come up with anything better than just burning them, burying them underground or throwing them into the open sea. Such an approach greatly harms nature, so scientists are constantly looking for a safer alternative. Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia National Laboratories) showed a completely viable disposal option - dismantling ammunition and removing metals for reuse with robots.

To accomplish this task they developed andreleased nine robots representing huge metal arms. In fact, these are standard commercial models that are configured to disarm ammunition and extract aluminum, steel and copper parts for recycling and reuse.

According to the lead software developerproviding for the dismantling of Bill Prentice’s ammunition, the main difficulty lies in the fact that the age of ammunition is sometimes more than 30 years. There may be dangerous defects in them, so robots need extreme accuracy and constant control of operators. If they have any problems, they notify the living experts, who take the work into their own hands.

In the list of ammunition that passdisposal, are projectiles reusable rocket system developed by the United States, Britain and other countries during the Cold War. It was produced from 1983 to 2003 and used a tracked installation that made 12 shots at a time. Each shot contained 644 M77 grenades. They go through nine stages of processing, during which warheads are cut into separate areas filled with foam.

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