Jennifer HuergoOffice of Naval ResearchCorporate Communications OfficePhone: 703-696-0950Fax: 703-696-5940E-mail: Jennifer_Huergo@onr.navy.mil
Arlington, Va.—The Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) will host a joint exhibit at the 2005 Sea-Air-Space conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, March 22-25 (http://www.sasexpo.org/2005). The exhibit will feature the latest naval technology geared toward the warfighter, much of which is already being used in action around the world. Among the many technologies on display will be: Advanced Tactical Recce—A man-portable unmanned autonomous vehicle for small unit reconnaissance, it provides real-time infrared and optical images and detection of chemical and biological agents. Dust Abatement—This environmentally friendly, water-based solution can be sprayed on the ground to keep sand from being kicked up into the air by helicopter rotors, where it can compromise a pilot´s ability to fly.Body Armor—This prototype offers easy-to-move-in and lightweight protection for the extremities, a major concern in both Iraq and Afghanistan.Dragon Runner—A small remote-controlled, durable vehicle equipped with a camera that allows a Marine to check for threats inside buildings while maintaining a safe distance.RoboLobster—A premier prototype in "biomimetics," or machines engineered to mimic living organisms. This one can walk on the sea floor to search for mines.QuikClot—It looks a lot like kitty litter, but this miraculous substance derived from volcanic rock stops bleeding from even major arteries and has saved more than 100 lives in Iraq. Many other projects and technologies—from unmanned underwater vehicles to high-tech combat simulators—will be on display at the exhibit. Media will have the opportunity to speak with the following representatives during the exhibition:John Manley from the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, (703) 784-5170.Dick Thompson from the Naval Research Lab, (202) 767-1936.
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