The U.S. Air Force Special Weapons Center has developed a decontamination sweeper which is designed?
The U.S. Air Force Special Weapons Center has developed a decontamination sweeper which is designed to keep Air Force facilities operational in spite of radioactive fallout.
Equipped with a radio guidance system and three television cameras, the sweeper can clean a 7 1/2 foot path through radioactive fall-out at one pass.
Manufactured by the G.H. Tennant Co. of Minneapolis, the 10-ton sweeper can perform double duty as a decontamination sweeper in case of attack and as a manually operated cleaner for routine ramp, runway, taxiway and hangar sweeping.
Remote operation is controlled from a duplicate of the actual manual control panel. The operator, using the radio guidance system, can steer, shift gears, move the throttle, operate the brakes and empty the sweeper's storage hopper. He can see surrounding terrain and the instrument panel on television screens and hear the sound of the engines through an open microphone on the sweeper.
Using the television system, the operator can carry out a damage survey in conjunction with the clean-up operations. The camera can be rotated exactly as the human head is turned so that all functions performed by the operator are as natural as possible.
The sweeper, which is 15 feet 3 inches long and 9 feet 1 inch high, is powered by two 93-horsepower Hercules engines. One engine operates the propelling system and hydraulic pumps, the other operates the main brush vacuum system, jet blower, and generator for the electronic system.