The United States military is always on the forefront of cutting edge technology, and their interest in robotics is true to their course. Last month they opened the doors to LASR, their Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research. The center will be a development site and testing grounds for new autonomous units designed for ground, air, and sea.
by Jolie O’Dell
The new, $17.7 million dollar facility got its official ribbon-cutting ceremony just two weeks ago, nearly two years after ground was initially broken on the site. The facility includes a wide range of environments for testing, from simulated deserts and rainforests to a 45-by-25-foot pool with a wave generator capable of producing directional waves.
The Navy said the number and type of research robotics projects will increase as researchers register to use the new LASR facility.
“It’s the first time that we have, under a single roof, a laboratory that captures all the domains in which our Sailors, Marines and fellow DOD service members operate,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research, in today’s release. “Advancing robotics and autonomy are top priorities for the Office of Naval Research. We want to reduce the time it takes to deliver capability to our warfighters performing critical missions. This innovative facility bridges the gap between traditional laboratory research and in-the-field experimentation-saving us time and money.”
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