RE2 to Develop Robotic Arms for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

By Mike Ball / 20 Aug 2015

RE2 Robotic ArmRE2, Inc., a developer of mobile manipulation systems, has announced that the company has been awarded a $2.7 Million contract by the Office of Naval Research to develop an Underwater Dexterous Manipulation System for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Applications (DMEA). RE2’s DMEA technology will provide EOD personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices (WIEDs).

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

WIEDs pose a significant potential threat to vessels, bridges, and ports. WIEDs placed in congested areas, such as bridge pilings, are particularly difficult to access and defeat. RE2’s dual-arm dexterous manipulation technology integrated onto an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) will make it possible to perform EOD tasks in confined spaces.

Pedersen continued, “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 program.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact