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Airport deploys Boston Dynamics robot to scare away birds

A special model of the Spot quadruped robot, named Aurora, has been hired by an airport to scare away animals.

Spot, the Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, is very agile and has been used as a robotic coworker in various tasks for the past four years, from inspection and data collection to search and rescue. More than 1,000 of these $74,500 robots are in operation in 35 countries around the world.

The Alaska Department of Transportation announced on Instagram the hiring of a robot named Aurora (Aurora Borealis). The robot, which is the same Boston Dynamics Spot, has been hired by the Alaska International Airport.

Airport officials hope that seeing the robot will be enough to scare away birds and other creatures that approach the runway. Bird strikes on aircraft engines are a constant concern for airport operators.

The use of deterrents such as loud noises like alarms and sirens is one of the common methods used to keep animals and birds away from airport runways. However, problems such as noise pollution and the ineffectiveness of this method for large animals such as bears make the use of alternative methods such as guard robots attractive.

The Aurora robot can increase its effectiveness in deterring animals by using covers resembling wolves or foxes. If this method is successful, it may be used in other airports as well to improve security.

In the meantime, Aurora not only acts as a security tool, but also represents significant advances in robotics and artificial intelligence. With its ability to recognize animal movement patterns and respond quickly, this robot can play an important role in keeping airports safe and efficient.

Currently, the Aurora robot is in the testing and learning phase, and according to airport officials, it will begin work in the fall, just when migratory birds are present.

 

Additional details:

The robot is equipped with a camera and sensors to detect animals.

It can move at speeds of up to 3 miles per hour.

It can operate for up to 2 hours on a single charge.

The robot is being tested in a variety of conditions, including snow and ice.

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