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RE2 to develop UUV manipulator arm

20th August 2015 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Office of Naval Research has awarded a contract worth $2.7 million to RE2 Robotics to develop an underwater dexterous manipulation system for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) applications, the company announced on 18 August.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) pose a threat to ports, bridges and vessels, particularly when positioned in congested or difficult to access areas. A dexterous manipulation system integrated onto an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle will enable EOD personnel to more effectively remotely address waterborne threats.

Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO, RE2, said: 'We are honoured that ONR chose RE2 to develop a strong, highly dexterous underwater manipulation system. We thrive on complex engineering challenges and are excited to leverage our mobile manipulation expertise for the underwater systems market.

'We are working with several unmanned underwater systems subject matter experts, including Bluefin Robotics, The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Lab, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, and Dr Hagen Schempf, to ensure the success of the technology and programme.'

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