Fire-Fighting Beetle

German researchers are developing a fire-fighting beetle robot to battle forest fires:

Scientists in Germany are hard at work on an autonomous, pill-bug-like robot to be used to fight forest fires. It's got legs like the little insect, and if the going gets too hot, it can retract them into its body. They'll then be protected by the ceramic casing, which can withstand heat of up to 2,300 degrees.

Trucking along at 12 to 19 mph the bugbots could cover wide areas by being able to get close to the heat without getting burned. In fact, a team of merely 30 of the robots could cover an area as large as 4,400 square miles.


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Except for the errant campfire, those robots don't look like they have the water capacity to make much of a difference (compared to a water bomber that drops 52000 liters at one time).
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