“We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Army to develop a best-of-breed robotic vehicle with high speed control, a modular manipulator, and improved mobility,” stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and chief executive officer of RE2, Inc. “The Phase II award of the HSIR program further validates our leadership and expertise in the areas of unmanned systems and intelligent modular manipulation technologies.”
During the 18-month Phase II SBIR, RE2 will develop and demonstrate a small high-speed inspection robot with a manipulator arm. The specifics of the Phase II program include:
- Create a prototype of the HSIR platform;
- Integrate the HSIR with a JAUS-based Operator Control Unit (OCU);
- Develop and integrate a plug-n-play manipulator arm;
- Test the HSIR with soldier operators in outdoor environments.
Pedersen continued, “In addition to the creation of new technology, this $730,000 award will enable RE2 to create new jobs and further establish Southwestern Pennsylvania as a key region and supplier of unmanned systems technology for the Department of Defense.”
“This award builds on RE2’s reputation as a leading developer of intelligent manipulation systems,” remarked Bill Thomasmeyer, president of the National Center for Defense Robotics and executive vice president of The Technology Collaborative. “Their success is further evidence of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s growing leadership in defense robotics.”