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CHIPS Articles: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Will Present Cutting-Edge Science and Technology at Sea-Air-Space Exposition

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Will Present Cutting-Edge Science and Technology at Sea-Air-Space Exposition
By NRL Media and Community Relations - March 30, 2017
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will highlight lethality, digital, human machine teaming, and distributed and integrated force during the 2017 Navy League Sea-Air-space exposition April 3-5.

Media are invited to speak with U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists and engineers presenting their state of the art science and technology Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Among the many displays that will be on hand, subject matter experts will discuss the Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative (MeRLIn), a small hydraulic-powered robot, known as ‘Robot Squirrel’. NRL scientists and engineers have used hydraulic miniaturization technology to build a four-legged robot animal. The finished prototype, is expected to be completed next year, and will be the size of a small cat or dog.

Scientists and engineers involved with the small glider Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) will explain how their research is applied. Essentially a flying circuit board, with an inherently stable glide, CICADA is designed for launch from manned or unmanned aircraft, balloons, or precision guided munitions. After being deployed, CICADA glides to a waypoint, enters an orbit, and then descends within the orbit until it reaches the ground, typically landing with an average error of 15 feet from the commanded orbit.

CT-Analyst® developers will describe how their tool is used in the event of a chemical, biological, or radiological incident (CBR). CT-Analyst® provides first-responders with accurate, instantaneous, three-dimensional predictions of CBR agent transport in urban settings.

The team behind the Protective Head Gear with Live Neuronal Culture will give details about their research used to test protective head gear and how an enclosed cell pack is placed into a manmade surrogate head system to examine the effects of blasts and impacts directly on a live biology cell. Traditional helmet testing looks at basic parameters such as indent depth to determine effectiveness. This is the first time living biology is being used to assess a helmets ability to mitigate forces that act directly on cells in the brain.

A system for testing protective head gear based on live biology. Also, it is a system for exposing live cells to forces outside a traditional lab environment. How does

Additional NRL Displays that will be on display:

-- Flying Sea Glider - Unmanned vehicle concept for flying over the water, splashing down on-site, and moving underwater as a glider.

-- Solar Soaring - Unmanned vehicle which combines integrated solar photovoltaic arrays and autonomous soaring algorithms, specifically with interest toward extended daytime flights over the ocean, with the goal of easing charging time requirements for overnight battery flight.

-- Ion Tiger – A hydrogen fuel cells used for propulsion of long endurance unmanned air vehicles.

-- High temperature polymers and ceramics – High-temperature polymers and ceramics that enhance the safety and performance of critical components of ships and airplanes of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

-- ERASER Rep-Rated Pulsed Power System – A battery-powered pulsed power system that delivers 1-MJ to a load every six seconds for five minutes. The system is a test bed to study the transition of directed energy to mobile platforms, as it will not draw any power from the electrical grid during operation.

-- NEMESYS Single Shot Indoor Range Laboratory Launcher System – A single shot launch pulse power system has been in continuous operation since 2007. It includes two launchers and provides up to 12MJ of stored energy to a medium caliber (approx. 54mm) projectile accelerating to speeds of Mach 7+. NEMESYS provides data on several geometries, pulse conditions, and loads at relevant energy levels, launching up to seven shots per day for a total of more than 1700 rounds expended.

-- SWORD – SoftWare for Optimization of Radiation Detectors (SWORD) software package. Developed for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office/DHS it enables detailed ionizing radiation transport simulations conducted with minimal effort.

-- Over-the-Horizon Radar (OTR) - Developed in response to the need to detect moving targets, including aircraft and missiles, at distances of many hundreds of miles, beyond the line-of-sight. This long range is achieved by reflecting the radar signal off of naturally occurring, charged layers in the upper atmosphere called the ionosphere.

-- Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative (MeRLIn) - MeRLIn investigates quadruped locomotion on the 5-10 kg (meso) scale including high power-density hydraulic actuator technology development, sensing, and control at the leg and system-levels to enable dynamic running, jumping and climbing operations.

WHO: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Scientists and Engineers
WHAT: Media Availability
WHERE: Gaylord National Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
WHEN: M-T, April 3 & 4 from 9:30 -11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
WHY: NRL scientists and engineers explain their research with media

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. The Laboratory, with a total complement of approximately 2,500 personnel, is located in southwest Washington, D.C., with other major sites at the Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Monterey, Calif. NRL has served the Navy and the nation for over 90 years and continues to advance research further than you can imagine.

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