Bot to the Rescue

The U.S. Navy is sending an unmanned, underwater robot to help rescue a Russian mini-sub caught on the Pacific floor.scorpio.jpgThe "Super Scorpio" submersible has been used repeatedly to salvaged downed fighter planes and sunken ships in the Pacific. It can "can reach depths of up to 5,000 feet and is equipped with high-powered lights, sonar and video cameras," according to the AP. The American Forces Press Service says it's capable of cutting one-inch-thick steel cable.The 4500-pound Scorpio and its human handlers "will be flown from San Diego on a U.S. Air Force C-5 aircraft later today to the Kamchatka Peninsula, where many of Russia's most secret military projects are based. The airlift "will mark the first time since the World War II era that a U.S. military plane has been allowed to fly there," the AP reports.

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