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Los Alamos National Laboratory to host Robot Rodeo

Hazardous devices teams from around the Southwest will wrangle their bomb squad robots at the sixth annual Robot Rodeo.
June 18, 2012
Sixth annual Robot Rodeo at LANL

Sixth annual Robot Rodeo at LANL

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Events test skills of hazardous devices teams from around the Southwest

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, June 18, 2012—Hazardous devices teams from around the Southwest will wrangle their bomb squad robots at the sixth annual Robot Rodeo beginning Tuesday, June 19 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The rodeo gets under way at 8 a.m. in Technical Area 49, a remote section of Laboratory property near the entrance to Bandelier National Monument. Eight teams are scheduled to participate in the three-day competition.

“The Robot Rodeo gives bomb squad teams the opportunity to practice and hone their skills in a lively but low-risk setting,” said Chris Ory of LANL’s Emergency Response Group and a member of the Lab’s hazardous devices team.

Teams compete in events and simulations, such as

  • removing bombs from the inside of aircraft
  • rescuing injured first responders
  • navigating obstacle courses
  • responding to a roadside bombing
  • operating in smoke-filled buildings
  • troubleshooting equipment problems
  • attacking and rendering safe large vehicle bombs
  • dealing with suicide bombers.

The Laboratory—along with Sandia National Laboratories, the Region II International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, REMOTEC, U.S. Technical Working Group and QinetiQ — sponsor the Robot Rodeo.

News media interested in attending can contact LANL’s Communications Office at (505) 667-7000 to make arrangements to travel to the site.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, The Babcock & Wilcox Company, and URS for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.


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