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Undersea Robotics
reached an unprecedented depth milestone
of 1 kilometer. During the test event,
which took place in the Pacific Ocean
with support from Naval Information
Warfare Center Pacific in Point Loma, CA,
four successful dives exceeding 1,000
meters of depth were completed.
The dives were conducted using
supervised autonomy, which allows
human operators to monitor the robotic
system's autonomous movements
and make corrections if necessary. All
onboard electronics remained operational
during the dives, including the
ROV's camera feed and data to the support
vessel, proving the survivability of
the complete system to a depth of more
than 1,000 meters.
Computer vision enables autonomous manipulation and aids navigation to extended depths.
RE2 Sapien Sea Class is designed with neutral buoyancy, ensuring that the system stays balanced and
controllable at any depth.
manipulating neutralization devices.
The design of RE2 Sapien Sea Class has
been tested to withstand and counteract
the corrosive effects of extended saltwater
exposure, which corresponds to a
longer service life.
Deep Ocean Testing
Over the past year, the company has
successfully tested the autonomy capabilities
of the RE2 Sapien Sea Class sys16
tem
in deep ocean water off the coast of
San Diego.
" Although the Naval tasks cannot be
publicly disclosed, the tasks demonstrated
highly sophisticated capability analogous
to non-military tasks, such as turning
a valve, painting a surface, threading
a pulley, and precisely inspecting seams, "
said Pedersen.
In addition to the testing of its autonomy
capabilities, the RE2 system recently
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" These tests allowed us to demonstrate
the continuing success of the M2NS
project for the U.S. Navy, " said Jack Reinhart,
vice president of project management,
RE2 Robotics. " The progress we
made during these deep dives shows that
we could successfully complete an
underwater supervised autonomous mission
at depths of more than 1,000 meters
without any damage to the system. The
M2NS system succeeded where no other
system of this class has before. "
" We've proven the ability to deploy
the Defender with a large payload to
1,000-meter depths from a small deck
footprint, " said Marcus Kolb, chief technology
officer, VideoRay. " We performed
complex, autonomous manipulation
tasks with the RE2 system while
station keeping a few feet off the bottom.
We are excited about the direction
of this program and how it will help
accelerate commercial solutions. "
M2NS is a lightweight, environmentally
hardened underwater robotic system.
Its small footprint and neutrally
buoyant design allow it to access confined,
precarious spaces that bulkier systems
cannot, and enables it to perform
tasks that are often identified as too dangerous,
complex, or remote for humans.
In addition to defense tasks, the
human-like capability of the M2NS
allows it to be used for complex offshore
infrastructure and maintenance applications
in the oil & gas and renewable
wind industries. For example, M2NS can
be used for weld inspection of rig piles,
ships and FPSO (Floating Production
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