RE2 Robotics Performs Robotic Disaster Clean-up at Tyndall Air Force Base
in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael
PITTSBURGH, PA – March 26, 2019 – RE2 Robotics, leading developer of human-like robotic manipulator arms, announced today that the Company utilized its Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery (RADR) robotic applique kit on a commercially available telehandler to perform teleoperated disaster clean-up at The Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC). AFCEC, located at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, sustained major damage during Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
"Tyndall Air Force Base sustained catastrophic damage during Hurricane Michael. When we were asked to use the Air Force-funded RADR robotic retrofit kit technology to assist with the clean-up efforts, we deployed our team without hesitation,” stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics.
RE2 demonstrated two distinct operations in support of cleanup from Hurricane Michael using a Genie GTH-1256 telehandler. The first was sweeping using a brush attachment and the second was debris removal using the fork attachment. The sweeping operation helped clear a roadway of debris. RE2 also assisted in clearing a test range. The team was able to remove various types of debris from a test range, such as culverts, metal structures, sheet metal and a large, tubular structure. RE2 was able to demonstrate non-line-of-sight teleoperation of the telehandler, including simultaneous operation of the vehicle, boom, and auxiliary hydraulics.
RE2 was also able to train AFCEC and AFCEC contractors within minutes to easily teleoperate the vehicle and perform debris removal. Training time was minimal because teleoperation with the RE2 Operator Control Unit (OCU) is very similar to actual vehicle operation.
Pedersen continued, “Consistent with our company’s mission, the teleoperated RADR technology was able to keep AFCEC telehandler operators at a safe distance while performing this dangerous clean-up mission.”
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RE2 Robotics develops human-like robotic manipulator arms that enable robot users to remotely interact with their world from a safe distance -- whether on the ground, in the air, or underwater. RE2 creates interoperable robotic manipulator arms, intuitive controllers, and advanced autonomy solutions for robotic arms. For more information, please visit www.resquared.com or call 412.681.6382.
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