• Leroy Cook (far left) and Todd Patterson (far right) both robotics field service representatives worked with machinists Blake Brodeur, Dallas Cooper, Grant Broome (from left to right) to manufacture modifications to the Talon robot that will help Soldiers and Marines more easily investigate improvised explosive devices.  Pictured is one of the hook attachment prototypes they made and tested.

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    Leroy Cook (far left) and Todd Patterson (far right) both robotics field service representatives worked with machinists Blake Brodeur, Dallas Cooper, Grant Broome (from left to right) to manufacture modifications to the Talon robot that will help...

  • Leroy Cook ground robot field service representative show one of the prototype hook attachments made by the mobile parts hospital at Camp Leatherneck.  The attachments are designed to help Soldiers and Marines more easily investigate improvised explosive devises.

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    Leroy Cook ground robot field service representative show one of the prototype hook attachments made by the mobile parts hospital at Camp Leatherneck. The attachments are designed to help Soldiers and Marines more easily investigate improvised...

  • Leroy Cook ground robot field service representative shows the hook tool he hopes to replace with new attachments for the Talon robot.  The new attachments will allow Soldiers and Marines to investigate improvised explosive devises without having to approach them on foot.

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    Leroy Cook ground robot field service representative shows the hook tool he hopes to replace with new attachments for the Talon robot. The new attachments will allow Soldiers and Marines to investigate improvised explosive devises without having to...

  • Todd Patterson unmanned aerial vehicle field service representative shows some of the early prototypes he and Leroy Cook, a ground robot field service representative, made in an attempt replace a hand-held hook tool.  The new attachments will allow Soldiers and Marines to investigate improvised explosive devises without having to approach them on foot.

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    Todd Patterson unmanned aerial vehicle field service representative shows some of the early prototypes he and Leroy Cook, a ground robot field service representative, made in an attempt replace a hand-held hook tool. The new attachments will allow...

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Dec. 8, 2011) -- Robotics field service representatives and machinists at the Camp Leatherneck Mobile Parts Hospital are working together to make improvements to the robots Soldiers and Marines use to investigate improvised explosive devises.

The FSRs at the Camp Leatherneck Robotics Repair Detachment wanted to incorporate a hook and probing attachments to the Talon robot used by combat engineers and explosive ordnance detachments. The new attachments are intended to replace hand tools that require a Soldier or Marine to approach an IED.

Their first attempt involved modifying the hook tool already in use and attaching it to the robot, but this was too heavy and caused the robot to malfunction. They next tried rebar, but that was too week and would bend.

Enter the mobile parts hospital.

"We got with the mobile parts hospital to fashion an extra arm with a spring to attach different hooks to," said Todd Patterson an unmanned aerial vehicle FSR from Bellwood, Pa.

"We went off of his design," said Grant Broome, the site coordinator for the parts hospital, from Gadsden, Ala.

"We came up with some ideas and put them into CAD [computer aided design], took it out and tested it," said Blake Brodeur, a machinist at the hospital, who is from Anniston, Ala.

Working with a Marine EOD at Camp Leatherneck the new attachments have undergone several tests, including one with live explosives.

"Based on feedback from EOD, we are making more changes," said Patterson.

The team plans to make a few more modifications to the attachments before fielding them.

"A system like this is going to keep a lot of warfighters…from using that pole," said Leroy Cook ground robot FSR from Murrieta, Calif.

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