Monday, December 15, 2008

Automated Unmanned Rig

Robotic and AI technology have been widely used in the military. The term "Predator" and "FlightHawk" are synonymous to UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) respectively. The US Navy is also building unmanned submarines and sooner or later, we might develop the technology to turn Honda's famous Asimo to Mercs for hire. In Aus, an oil co is developing an unmanned drilling rig which sets up on seabed and is remotely controlled by a vessel at sea level. Umbilicals will be attached to deliver power, cement, drilling fluids and such. This is an ground-breaking development for the oil patch.

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