Autonomous Underwater Mine Disarming Contracted by Navy

Autonomous Underwater Mine Disarming Contracted by Navy

The Office of Naval Research awarded a $9.5 million contract to create an underwater robotic system for the autonomous neutralization of underwater mines for the U.S. Navy. The contract went to a RE2 Robotics, a supplier of clever cellular manipulation techniques, and a Carnegie Mellon spin-out based mostly in Pittsburgh, PA.

The program, referred to as Maritime Mine Neutralization System (M2NS), will make the most of the RE2 Sapien Sea Class system to exactly place and fasten neutralization units to underwater mines and water-borne improvised explosive units (WBIEDs). RE2 will function the techniques integrator for this program.

The M2NS can even incorporate RE2’s superior laptop imaginative and prescient and autonomy software program, RE2 Detect and RE2 Intellect, to allow the exact, autonomous, and clandestine neutralization of a goal.

The M2NS contains applied sciences resembling RE2’s Sapien Sea Class arms and VideoRay’s Defender remotely operated automobile (ROV), which each exhibit unprecedented energy density.  In specific, RE2 Sapien Sea Class arms, which had been initially designed and developed for the ONR, function a compact, sturdy, 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 units.

“The M2NS will use RE2 Detect laptop imaginative and prescient software program to find targets underwater, and RE2 Intellect to autonomously and exactly place units 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.”

“The detection and neutralization of WBIEDs and different underwater explosives is a critically harmful job for Navy divers.  Consistent 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.

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