DASA presents 800 800,000 awards for 11 projects that quickly discover the growing potential of physically removing humans from dangerous situations.
The Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) today announced a $ 800,000 financial stimulus to develop innovative ‘telecystence’ technologies to reduce the risks associated with military personnel, emergency workers and civilians operating in hazardous and dangerous environments.
Nine companies, carrying out eleven different projects, operate on behalf of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defense and the Nuclear Reduction Commission (NDA), and by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSDL).
This is the hunger for innovation in telexistence, the $ 500,000 initial competition opportunity was later enhanced by further funding from both DSDL and NDA, who are keen to realize the potential benefits of such technologies in the nuclear industry.
Telecommunication competition is the development and demonstration of innovative technologies and innovative solutions capable of enabling military and government personnel, emergency services or humanitarian workers to operate in hazardous environments without being physically present.
Ultimately, this capability will allow a human operator to perform complex tasks and operate equipment from a safe distance.
Rob Baldock, DSTL Project Manager for Emerging Technology, said:
This is the culmination of many years of developing the concept of telexistence within DST from the idea of integrating different parts of the growing science into the concept of presenting human existence in a distant environment and the miraculous feedback to the operator.
It has the potential to make the most dangerous military operations and other dangerous civilian operations safer for our leading line operators and to save lives in the future.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the concerted efforts of many ethical groups from across the DSDL, DASA and NDA for all the hard work and efforts to take us to this interesting stage, and I look forward to seeing the results of the upcoming demonstrations.
Nicola Armstrong, DSTL Telexistens Lead, said:
We are pleased to explore the limits and capabilities of technologies with innovators and partners in the field of technology and security and security, and identify future applications in critical or hazardous environments.
Funded companies include:
Violea Nuclear Solutions
CyberShelves Universal Limited
Digital Kinetics Limited
L3 Harris Technologies
University of Leeds
Sheffield Hallam University.
Sarah Huntington, NDA’s innovation leader, said:
This competition offers the NDA Group a real opportunity to engage with a wide range of ideas and new technologies developed by the supply chain, including many companies and SMEs that we have not worked with before.
Encouraging the transfer of technology in various fields and maturing the vast range of technologies that move human beings from harmful situations will benefit all of us.
Dasa Associate Delivery Manager Emily Dittegode said:
This competition gives us a real buzz, we see more government departments coming together to fund innovations, and it ensures that many sectors benefit from embracing technologies.
The funded projects will generate ideas in the latest remote movement, including: Cinema Mapping, Virtual Reality, Hoptics, Robotics and Telepresence.
A telexistence capability is defined as a system or system of systems that allows a human user to experience, interact, and function in an environment without being physically present. The human operator is in cycle.