RE2 Robotics receives $2.5 million contract to continue developing its Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System
RE2 Robotics, which develops humanlike robotic manipulator arms, has received a $2.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research to continue developing and commercializing its Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System (DM2S).
Equipped with RE2’s DM2S technology, Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel will be able to “remotely and effectively” address Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIEDs).
“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,” says 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.”
According RE2 Robotics, 90 percent of global trade is conducted by sea, so WBIEDs and mines present a great threat to vessels, bridges, and ports. WBIEDs are especially hard to access and defeat when they are placed in congested areas like bridge pilings.
RE2 Robotics says as a result of the inherent dangers associated with 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.”
With this in mind, RE2’s dual-arm DM2S can easily integrate with underwater vehicles that the Navy is already using, which eliminates 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,” explains 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.”