RE2 continues manipulator arm development
RE2 Robotics has received a phase 2 research award to develop an inflatable underwater dual manipulator system for the US Navy's Office of Naval Research, the company announced on 7 February.
The manipulation system will be integrated onto an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in order to increase stand-off distances for underwater explosive ordnance disposal (EDO) operations.
During phase I, RE2 designed an inflatable underwater dual manipulation system. This development effort produced a design concept for underwater dexterous manipulation that can be deployed as a payload for UUVs. A prototype will be developed and tested during phase II.
Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2, said: 'Developing robotic technologies that keep individuals out of harm's way is paramount to the mission of RE2 Robotics.
'Historically, we have developed manipulation systems for EOD ground robots. Over the past year we have worked closely with the navy to transition our expertise to underwater systems. By extending our manipulation capabilities into the submersible space, we are able to enter new markets, such as offshore oil and gas, which rely on the safe inspection, maintenance and repair of underwater structures. Providing dexterous manipulation capabilities to this class of UUVs will open up a new realm of capabilities and applications for unmanned systems.'
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