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RE2R to Develop Robot for USAF's Rapid Airfield Damage Repairs

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RE2 Robotics Inks $3.3 Million Contract to Develop Robotic Systems for the U.S. Air Force's Rapid Airfield Damage Repair Program

(Source: RE2 Robotics; issued May 24, 2016)

PITTSBURGH --- RE2 Robotics announced today that the Company signed a 3-year $3.3 million dollar subcontract with a division of Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) located at Tyndall AFB, Florida. RE2 will provide mobile manipulation and ground robotics expertise for the Air Force's Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) program.

"It is highly likely, if an airfield is attacked, that unexploded ordnance, debris, and extensive damage would need to be assessed and mitigated before steps could be taken to repair the site," stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics. "The primary goal of the RADR program is to keep humans out of harm's way by rapidly and remotely assessing, mitigating, and repairing airfield damage with mobile ground robotic systems. This is where we come in and provide our mobile robotics expertise."

RE2 will work closely with ARA and the Air Force to identify reach, lift, weight, and dexterity requirements for RADR-specific manipulator arms. RE2 will utilize existing technology, such as the Company's DM4-A2 mobile manipulator and ForeRunner high-speed ground robotic platform, for demonstration and requirements generation purposes. RE2 will ultimately develop a mobile manipulator arm that will meet the needs of the RADR mission.

This material is based upon work supported by the contracting Air Force Civil Engineering Center under Contract No. FA4819-15-C-0002. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Air Force Civil Engineering Center.

RE2 Robotics is developing the next generation of robotic manipulator arms that enable robots to better interact with the world – whether on the ground, in the air, or underwater.