FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014
By Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.-From bomb-disposal robots to gear specifically designed in response to requests from Sailors and Marines, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will showcase a range of technologies May 21-27 at Fleet Week New York, a free event open to the public.
"This is the perfect opportunity to connect with New Yorkers, service members and others and let them know about ONR's work to protect the nation and those who risk their lives to defend it," said Dr. Walter F. Jones, ONR's executive director.
ONR will have exhibits on Piers 86 and 92, as well as a one-day interactive display in Times Square.
At Pier 86, outside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the decommissioned USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, ONR will be featuring a selection of unmanned technologies, including robots that can find and dispose of explosives without putting humans in danger. Visitors to the booth also will see a small remote-control helicopter taking flight to land on a ship model with a wind tunnel, illustrating the unique work carried out by U.S. Navy researchers and engineers who study the difficult task of landing aircraft on ships.
Also at Pier 86, visitors will be able to participate in fun, hands-on activities designed for K-12 students, including building boats from tin foil, Popsicle sticks and paper sails to learn about the Physics of Sail. They also will be able to operate SeaPerch, a remote-control underwater vehicle that teaches the basics of robotics, engineering, science and mathematics.
On Sunday, May 25, the bomb-disposal robots will be in Times Square.
At Pier 92, aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), ONR is featuring technologies developed through the TechSolutions program based on direct ideas from Sailors and Marines. These include a new 60 mm mortar sight to increase accuracy for Marines; fast-tint protective eyewear for special forces with lenses that change color based on light levels and the environment; and lighter, more comfortable composite-toe boots being tested out by crews on submarines, destroyers and amphibious vessels.
Other featured technologies at Pier 92 include:
- Improved Flight Deck Uniform: a more comfortable, durable, quick-drying and flame-resistant jersey and trousers with secure pockets and an improved fit
- Power Management Kit: a lightweight power system that can use a variety of energy sources to charge specialized equipment used by bomb-disposal teams
- Catapult CSV Calculator: software for handheld devices that helps flight crews launch aircraft from carrier decks
- Driver Vision Enhancer upgrade: a compact unit for Marine Corps vehicles that improves safety, optimizes situational awareness at night and reduces driver eye strain and stress.
Since 1984, Fleet Week New York has served as the city's celebration of the sea services. According to organizers, the event provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and view some of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard's latest capabilities. The event includes military demonstrations and displays, as well as tours of some participating ships.
About the Office of Naval Research
The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.