RE2 Robotics creating underwater mine neutralization system



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The Maritime Mine Neutralization System will use varied elements from RE2 Robotics and VideoRay’s Defender remotely operated car. | Picture Credit score: RE2 Robotics

RE2 Robotics obtained a $9.5 million contract from the Workplace of Naval Analysis (ONR) to create an underwater robotic system for the autonomous neutralization of underwater mines for the U.S. Navy. This system, known as Maritime Mine Neutralization System (M2NS), will use the RE2 Sapien Sea Class system to exactly place and connect neutralization gadgets to underwater mines and water-borne improvised explosive gadgets (WBIEDs).

RE2 will function the techniques integrator for this program. Along with RE2 Sapien Sea Class, the M2NS will use elements, together with RE2’s superior laptop imaginative and prescient and autonomy software program, RE2 Detect and RE2 Mind, to allow the exact, autonomous, and clandestine neutralization of a goal.

“The detection and neutralization of WBIEDs and different underwater explosives is a critically harmful activity for Navy divers. In keeping with our mission of enhancing employee security, the M2NS will allow the Navy to search out and autonomously neutralize targets in deep ocean waters, whereas skilled divers supervise from a secure distance,” stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics.

The M2NS contains best-in-class applied sciences akin to RE2’s Sapien Sea Class arms and VideoRay’s Defender remotely operated car (ROV), which each exhibit unprecedented energy density. Specifically, RE2 Sapien Sea Class arms, which had been initially designed and developed for the ONR, characteristic a compact, robust, electromechanical design with human-like dexterity (7-function per arm) that’s neutrally buoyant. The fusion of those key applied sciences offers superior energy and precision whereas manipulating neutralization gadgets.

“The M2NS will use RE2 Detect laptop imaginative and prescient software program to find targets underwater, and RE2 Mind to autonomously and exactly place gadgets on these targets,” stated Dr. Amanda Sgroi, director of laptop imaginative and prescient and autonomy at RE2. “We additionally will combine new sensors to supply situational consciousness and support autonomy, permitting the system to probably navigate to prolonged depths within the ocean.”

Along with protection duties, the human-like functionality of the M2NS permits it for use for complicated offshore infrastructure and upkeep purposes within the oil & gasoline and renewable wind industries. For instance, M2NS can be utilized for weld inspection of rig piles, ships and FPSO (Floating Manufacturing Storage and Offloading) techniques; mooring inspection and measurement; and valve inspection and manipulation.

RE2, a 2021 RBR50 Innovation Award winner, not too long ago obtained $1 million to develop an autonomous refueling system for AH-64 Apache helicopters deployed by the U.S. Military. The undertaking, known as Distant Robotic Refueling for Prolonged Missions, will use RE2’s notion software program to manage a RE2 robotic arm mounted onto an unmanned floor car (UGV). The UGV will autonomously place and interact a gas nozzle within the helicopter’s gas port.

Pedersen not too long ago joined The Robotic Report Podcast to debate the evolution of the corporate. RE2 was centered practically 100% on protection work in 2016, however now the protection sector accounts for lower than one-third of its enterprise. You possibly can take heed to that podcast under.