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SensaBot debuts in Kashagan field

Carnegie Mellon has yet another cool robot in the making.

This time it's SensaBot, a human-sized robot that will inspect oil and gas facilities. Remotely controlled, the robot will contain audio, visual, temperature and gas detection sensors. A human operator can direct SensaBot to perform inspection tasks without compromising his own safety.

Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Shell Development Kashagan B.V. agreed to collaborate on the SensaBot project in July. The robot is being developed for use in the Kashagan field, a high pressure oil and gas reservoir in the Kazakhstani sector of the Caspian Sea.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to get some of our research into real commercial use," Bill Ross, project manager at NREC, said. SensaBot is currently in the planning stage, Ross added. Only about two months into the design stage, they are hoping to start real testing this coming spring.

"We hope that this is part of Carnegie Mellon setting up successful commercial ventures and in the future companies in Pittsburgh are manufacturing robots like this," Ross said.

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Writer: Alex Audia
Source: Bill Ross, NREC
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