KACST’s robotic fire extinguisher

Updated 02 October 2013
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KACST’s robotic fire extinguisher

Saudi researchers in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology have successfully designed a robotic cart to extinguish fires at heights and in spaces that cannot be reached by fire-fighters.
The cart was developed in collaboration with the Korean company “Hanol” as part of technology transfer projects carried out and supported by the City at the National Center for Robot and Intelligent Systems.
Khalid Al-Saif, principal researcher of the project, said the robotic cart can reach places that are difficult for humans to access, as well as move smoothly within buildings and across stairs through the use of a remote control. Such features make it suitable for use in rescue operations and at times of earthquakes and other disasters.
The robotic cart carries smart sensors capable of detecting smoke and can withstand temperatures up to 700°C for one hour without being damaged, he said, adding that it can effectively extinguish fire, as it carries several cylinders of active fire extinguishing substances.
Al-Saif said the most important characteristic of this cart is its ability to transfer high-quality images to the receiver, as cameras are incorporated to provide the user with live pictures. This will allow the controller to make an informed decision.
There are ongoing studies about the possibility of using this vehicle in schools and hospitals in coordination with the Saudi Company for Development and Technology Investment.
The research team consisted of young and qualified national cadres who worked on developing the cart and equipping it with resources needed by firefighters in the effective performance of their duties. Science and Technology City shares ownership and the patent of this product with Hanol.


Saudi team develops payload for use in joint lunar exploration with Chinese Space Agency

Engineers and researchers at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology display the payload they have developed after months of painstaking research and testing. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi team develops payload for use in joint lunar exploration with Chinese Space Agency

  • The joint exploration is in line with a memorandum of understanding concluded between China and Saudi Arabia during King Salman's visit to Beijing in mid-March 2017,
  • Under the agreement, the Saudi side will build a payload for a space censoring system for use in filming and take photos of the moon.

JEDDAH: Saudi engineers and researchers have completed work on a payload for a Chinese space vehicle that will explore the moon, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
The joint exploration is in line with a memorandum of understanding concluded between China and Saudi Arabia during King Salman's visit to Beijing in mid-March 2017, the SPA said, quoting Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
The joint venture intends to study and explore the moon, "particularly the invisible side of it to provide scientific data for researchers and specialist in space research and science."
As agreed upon by the KACST and the Chinese Space Agency, the Saudi side will build a payload for a space sensory system for use in filming and take photos of the moon.
"The payload was readied in a record time of no more than 12 months during which the Saudi research team faced numerous challenges, most prominent of which was the importance of manufacturing a compact payload with a high capacity of less than 10.5 cu.cm and a weight of no more than 630 grams on the Chinese satellite," the KACST head said.
The payload consists of photographic and data processing units, among others, that is not only light in weight but also able to endure the space environment.
The equipment is capable of taking photos from different angles and altitudes that varies according to the lunar orbit changes, Prince Turki was quoted by the SPA as saying.
"Saudi Arabia's taking part in this great event would boost, no doubt, its efforts to develop its satellite technologies and use it in several fields of reconnaissance and distance censoring as well as space telecommunications, in addition to proceeding with the march of catching the world race in this field," he said.