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Robotic Research, LLC Awarded Phase II Navy SBIR Contract for Autonomous Recovery System
Robotic Research, LLC Awarded Phase II Navy SBIR Contract for Autonomous Recovery System
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Aug 21, 2009

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Robotic Research partners with General Dynamics Robotic Systems in development of a standard control system for recovery of both Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and manned small craft returning to a Littoral Combat Ship.



Robotic Research, LLC has received a Phase II contract through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to continue its development of the Operator-aided Autonomous Recovery System (OARS) for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). They are joined in an exclusive partnership with General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS) on this multi-year project.

OARS will offer a standard control system for recovery of both Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and manned small craft returning to a Littoral Combat Ship. The objectives of OARS include providing real-time vehicle tracking, path recommendations/warnings, and enhanced views not possible with conventional sensors.  This technology will result in reduced manpower requirements, increased safety, and lead the way to increased autonomy.

Robotic Research, LLC president, Alberto Lacaze, explained, “Efficient launch and recovery of these vehicles will be critical to mission success.  Currently, a number of mechanical recovery techniques are used that are highly dependent upon the unique operator’s teleoperation capabilities. Operators controlling the incoming boat must make decisions while hampered by rough seas, limited sight lines, and a challenging ‘reverse-perspective’ for controlling the incoming vessel.  The use of conventional teleoperation techniques results in operational limitations, increased recovery timelines, and increased risk of damage to the deployed vehicle as well as to the ship.  OARS will not only increase the efficiency of the recovery operation, it will bring us closer to a fully autonomous method of recovery.”

As a partner on both Phase I and Phase II, GDRS has contributed USV expertise and their RIVET (Robotic Interactive Visualization and Exploitation Technology) simulation and testing system. RIVET has been modified by the team to specifically address OARS simulation requirements. Two research vessels owned by Robotic Research will be used during Phase II to collect data and conduct on-water trials of OARS solutions in real-life conditions.

About Robotics Research, LLC
Robotic Research, LLC is an engineering firm committed to finding innovative, cost-effective solutions in the areas of robotics, intelligent control, sensor processing and specialized computer programming. Robotic Research is certified as 8(a).

Robotic Research has an extensive history developing control software for Unmanned Ground Vehicles for the U.S. Army.  Since its inception, Robotic Research has been a key intellectual resource and partner with General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS), developing autonomous ground vehicle software for: obstacle detection, obstacle avoidance, planning (single and multi-vehicle), and navigation. Programs include: Autonomous Navigation System (ANS), Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA), SafeOps, Combat Autonomous Mobility System (CAMS), Near Autonomous Unmanned Systems (NAUS), Vetronics Technology Integration (VTI), Semi Autonomous Robotics Technology Integration (SARTI), DEMO III, and PerceptOR.  This partnership was recently extended to nautical applications with another recent award of an Office of Naval Research Phase II SBIR to develop collaborative control software for multiple unmanned surface vehicles.

To find out more about Robotic Research, LLC visit http://www.roboticresearch.com or email, .

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Paula Brooks
Director of Business
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