At the 22nd National Space Symposium — held in Colorado Spings, CO yesterday — iRobot’s PackBot was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. Created with technology developed partially at JPL and and DARPA, the PackBot has proven itself to be the bomb disposal unit’s best friend, helping identify and disable improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in use in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here’s a quote from the iRobot press release about the event:
“Advanced robot technology, like the PackBot, has many important applications — from space exploration and assisting soldiers on the battlefield to cleaning homes,” said Vice Admiral Joe Dyer (U.S. Navy, Ret.), executive vice president and general manager, iRobot. “PackBot’s induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame is a testament to iRobot’s ability to build upon its proven technological achievements to create more advanced robots.”