Teamed with UXOD Automation (composed of ASI, SAIC, Kairos Autonomi, and Zonge International), ASI took first prize in 2011′s RoboticRange Clearance Competition (R2C2) sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Army Corps of Engineers.
Using ASI’s vehicle automation expertise, software, and controls, ASI demonstrated robotic vegetation clearance (including tree removal using an autonomous John Deere Feller-Buncher), surface clearance, subsurface mapping, and robotic excavation of buried UXO (Unexploded Ordinance). The competition took place on August 7-14, 2011, at Camp Guernsey, WY.
Description of the Event from the competition’s website: The Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) in collaboration with the US Air Force and US Army conducted R2C2 to foster the ability to clear training ranges of debris and unexploded ordnance (UXO) using robotic technologies.
The purpose of R2C2 was to quickly tap into the innovation and ingenuity of the commercial robotic technology sector to improve the safety and effectiveness of the four tasks traditionally associated with range clearing operations: 1) Vegetation Clearance, 2) Surface Clearance, 3) Geophysical Mapping, 4) Subsurface Clearance.