by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Caya
914th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
3/4/2013 - NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- Airmen
of the 914th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight recently introduced
their new Air Force Medium-Sized Robot at the 2013 Finger Lakes Regional
Robotics Competition at the Rochester Institute of Technology, February
EOD executed several demonstrations for the students, which included a
display of the maneuverability of the unit as a whole, the agility of
the robot's claw and spoke about the explosive ordnance disposal mission
of the U.S. Air Force.
"It was pretty cool," said 914th EOD Technician Tech. Sgt. Kyle Spaulding. "They were very knowledgeable kids."
The AFMSR boasts many updated features including improved optics and a
more portable all-inclusive control unit with monitoring system that
displays clearer quality images.
"The robots are getting better," said 914th EOD Technician Tech. Sgt.
Garth Muenter. "You can do your recon with them and see what the
potential threat is before you put yourself in harm's way."
"The newer technology brings along ease of use and more options that we can do with the robot," said Spaulding.