US Navy Office of Naval Research, measuring vortices created by birds wings during flight, 18 April 2016, by John Williams (DVIDS)

SAS 2017: From Ion Tiger to Over-the-Horizon Radar

NRL Showcases Technologies at SAS 2017

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) participated in the Navy League’s 52nd annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, April 3-5.

NRL’s_Chris Englert _Talks Over-the-Horizon_ Technology_ at Sea-Air-Space ExpoPictured: The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Dr. Chris Englert, from NRL’s Space Sciences Division, describes ionospheric weather and Over-the-Horizon Radar capabilities to an Sea Air Space 2017 Expo attendee. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/ Jonathan Sunderman)

More than 290 exhibitors displayed their products to nearly 12,000 attendees and representatives from 68 countries, as well as U.S. government officials.

NRL researchers were on hand to discuss their work and potential research opportunities. Some of the technologies highlighted included:

Unmanned Vehicles; CICADA Mark 5, Flying Sea Glider, Solar Soaring and Ion Tiger; High-Temperature Polymers and Ceramics; ERASER Rep-Rated Pulsed Power System; NEMESYS Single Shot Indoor Range Laboratory Launcher System; SWORD (Software for the Optimization of Radiation Detectors); Over-the-Horizon Radar; Cell Pack (used for helmet testing); CT-Analyst (3D predictions of chemical, biological, & radiological (CBR) agent transport in urban settings) and MeRLIn (Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative).

CICADA_Mark 5_TechnologyPictured: NRL’s CICADA mk5 technology is a low cost sensor emplacement glider. Thirty-two CICADAs fit in a single size-A sonobuou tube. Each CICADA autonomously glides to a unique destination for dispersion in selectable patterns around designated areas. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/ Jonathan Sunderman)

“Participating in the Sea-Air-Space Expo is a great way for us to get out and showcase our work and network with our peers,” said Mike Osborn, NRL’s MeRLIn project manager, Spacecraft Engineering Department. “For us it’s a benefit because it provides us the opportunity to share our vision for the future uses of robotics.”

The expo provided the opportunity for Navy leaders to directly interact with government and industry representatives to further the conversation about current maritime affairs.

Venues such as the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition are key for NRL’s Technology Transfer Office, which helps market the lab’s research and technologies to potential industry partners.

NRL_Director of Research_ Visits_ Sea-Air-Space_ BoothPictured: The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Director of Research Dr. Bruce Danly visits NRL’s booth at the 2017 Sea-Air-Space Expo at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/ Jonathan Sunderman)

“Events like SAS are an essential tool in fulfilling the technology transfer aspect of NRL’s mission by enabling us to build relationships with potential industry partners and match them with NRL scientists and technologies in real time in an exciting, dynamic environment,” said Amanda Horansky-McKinney, Head, NRL’s Technology Transfer Office

More than 100 military flag officers, senior executive leaders and official representatives participated in the event.

The Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition was founded in 1965 as a means to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, U.S. private-sector companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime-based event located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Sea-Air-Space is the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.

About the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

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.

Source: US Naval Research Laboratory

Photo: US Navy Office of Naval Research, measuring vortices created by birds wings during flight, 18 April 2016, by John Williams (DVIDS).

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