RE2 Robotics to Develop a Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System for the U.S. Navy
PITTSBURGH — RE2 Robotics, a developer of humanlike robotic manipulator arms, has received a $2.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research to continue development and commercialization of its Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System (DM2S), the company announced in a Sept. 24 release.
RE2’s DM2S technology will provide Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address waterborne improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs). With 90 percent of global trade conducted by sea, WBIEDs and mines pose a significant threat to our vessels, bridges, and ports. When placed in congested areas, such as bridge pilings, WBIEDs are particularly difficult to access and defeat.
Recognizing the inherent dangers present in the detection and inspection of WBIEDs, there is a critical need for robotic systems that can perform EOD tasks with the accuracy and speed of a naval diver.
“As with the majority of our robotic technologies, the goal of the DM2S is to keep humans out of harm’s way while performing dangerous tasks,” said Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics. “DM2S provides Navy EOD personnel with the ability to address threats like WBIEDs from a remote location, such as from a ship or on land,”
RE2’s dual-arm DM2S is capable of easily integrating with underwater vehicles already in use by the Navy, eliminating the need for the military to purchase all new robotic systems for underwater operations.
“The compact, efficient, human-like capability of DM2S is conducive for integration onto autonomous underwater vehicles so that they can perform longer-duration autonomous inspection and intervention tasks,” said Jack Reinhart, director of Product and Project Management. “In addition to defense applications, we are actively pursuing commercial uses for this technology, including underwater inspection, maintenance, and repairs in the oil and gas industry.”