2007 Hertha Heller Forum: Unmanned Ground Systems
Hertha Heller Forum Lecture Series: Unmanned Ground Systems
The second Hertha Heller Forum sponsored by Friends of the Huntsville Public Library will be held on Sunday, February 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the main auditorium of the downtown branch. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.
The speaker will be Colonel Terry W. Griffin, Project Manager for the Army and Marine Corps Robotic Systems Joint Project Office at Redstone Arsenal. His topic will be "The Advent of Unmanned Ground Systems in War." Colonel Griffin, a native of Ashland, Alabama, is a graduate of Auburn University and earned a Master's degree from Averett College. He is a Naval Aviator and has extensive service in a Huey-Cobra, Light Attack helicopter squadron.
Unmanned ground systems include a variety of light-weight, portable systems to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance missions for the military in subterranean and urban operations. For example, these small robotic systems can be used to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance missions inside tunnels, sewers, and buildings. In addition, unmanned ground systems can tele-operate a variety of military vehicles to accomplish mine detection and clearing, obstacle breaching, and construction missions. Other unmanned systems being developed include a medium-sized vehicle for the U.S. Army engineers that can conduct anti-personnel mine neutralization missions. The vehicle can evolve into multi-purpose vehicles capable of clearing wire obstacles, placing explosives, and carrying equipment. Due to the increased emphasis on removing the soldier and marine from harm's way, unmanned ground vehicles are becoming more important than ever in our on-going war against subversion and terror.
This Hertha Heller Forum event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and is free and open to the public, not just Friends of the Library. A question and answer period will follow Col. Griffin's presentation, and refreshments will be served.
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Date: Sunday 25 February
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Library
Library: Main Library
Room: Main Conference Room