RE2 Robotics Wins Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer

RE2 Partners with the Space and Naval Systems Center Pacific to validate open architecture and interoperability for EOD robots


PITTSBURGH, PA – April 27, 2016 – RE2 Robotics announced today that the Company and CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, were recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) for Excellence in Technology Transfer because of their collaboration with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) to validate open architecture and interoperability for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robotic systems.

In July 2009, SSC Pacific signed a Limited Purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (LP-CRADA) with RE2. Results quickly supported a full CRADA between the two partners, which was executed in August 2009 and effective through August 2012. Under these agreements, SSC Pacific and RE2 collaborated on work supporting a system architecture for interoperability and operator control capability for unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) designated for EOD duties. SSC Pacific has developed several robotics-related software systems, including a common operator interface software framework called the Multi-robot Operator Control Unit (MOCU) and a software library for the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems interoperability standard, both of which were used under the CRADAs.

The SSC Pacific team also worked to validate use of SSC Pacific’s MOCU in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) EOD UGVs. The SSC Pacific-RE2 collaboration benefited from integration of the two partners’ robotics expertise in support of interoperability not only in robotics, but in the steps taken to transition the valuable technologies to industry and back to the military.

The collaborative technology transfer effort specifically targeted multiple problems that decrease the field performance of EOD vehicles and ultimately the effectiveness and safety of the U.S. warfighter. The partnership achieved agile robotic systems that easily communicate using the SSC Pacific software to accelerate integration, allow for rapid insertion of upgrades, and lower system costs.

Through these collaborations, both RE2 and SSC Pacific significantly contributed to the broader validation of open architecture for EOD UGV technologies. Their back-and-forth effort was critical to enabling what ultimately became a paradigm shift in Navy and DOD robotics acquisition processes, from a process focused on unique solutions from a single company to one more focused on cost-effective open architecture and interoperability, which will guide development of the Navy’s next-generation EOD UGVs. “I am honored to be recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium along with the amazing team at SSC Pacific, including Michael Bruch, See Yee, and Gary Gilbreath, for our extensive work to validate open architecture for EOD robotic systems,” stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics. “By creating a path to truly modular and interoperable systems, the DOD can now choose components and payloads that best meet the needs of the EOD mission.”

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