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Battelle, Bluefin and the Columbia Group Investing to Propel Proteus Vehicle into the Seas

Posted on Feb 21, 2012

Battelle

COLUMBUS, OH., 21 February, 2012 - Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle, is joining with The Columbia Group to invest in the next generation large submersible vehicle.

Bluefin is a leader in design and manufacture of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and relatedtechnology. The Columbia Group has provided the U.S. and foreign navies with Swimmer Delivery Vehicles for more than 20 years. Battelle has a long history of meeting the technology needs of the U.S. Navy including work on the Advanced SEAL Delivery System.

The Columbia Group currently is developing the hull mechanical and electrical systems for the large Dual Mode Undersea Vehicle, capable of operation in either manned or autonomous modes.  Called Proteus, it will be advanced by incorporating Bluefin’s autonomy technology for use in unmanned missions. Bluefin is also supplying mission planning capabilities and the power solution. Battelle is providing battery charging and systems integration support. Developers plan to hold an at-sea demonstration in the spring.

The Navy has persistently outlined the need for industry to develop next-generation UUVs with increased mission time, range and payload capacity.

“Our team has overlapping competencies, proven products and ongoing efforts that will benefit this development,” said David P. Kelly, President and CEO of Bluefin Robotics. “By combining the strengths of our organizations, we can field a vehicle that will meet the Navy’s needs and take UUV capabilities to the next level.”

Dubbed a “beastly drone” by Wired Magazine last year, the vehicle is 25-feet long, weighs 6,200 pounds and has up to 400 pounds of lift capability. It is capable of operating unmanned or manned.

“The Columbia Group has a strong history of developing and manufacturing both manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world,” said Ross Lindman, Senior Vice President for the Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division. “Working with Battelle and Bluefin only strengthens our ability to build this specialized craft for our Navy customers.”

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

About The Columbia Group (TCG)

The Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division is a design and development organization that specializes in military undersea vehicles, diving systems, and shipboard launch and recovery systems for the Navy, as well as ground robotics for the Marine Corps. TCG has over 30 years of experience in design and construction of undersea vehicles, including both manned and unmanned vehicles. They are the US Navy’s support contractor for the Navy Special Warfare SEAL Delivery Vehicle Program, as well as a provider of vehicles for mine hunting and neutralization. The Columbia Group has a total employment of over 1100 employees serving all five branches of the military in locations throughout the United States. It is headquartered at 20 M Street, Washington, DC, just outside the Washington Navy Yard.

About Bluefin Robotics

Bluefin Robotics designs, manufactures and operates Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) systems and related technology. Founded in 1997, the company has grown to become a world leader in UUV products designed for defense, commercial, and scientific applications. Bluefin Robotics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Battelle. For more information, please visit www.bluefinrobotics.com.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or masseytr@battelle.org.

 

Media Contacts


Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208
Email: delaneyk@battelle.org 


T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544 
Email: masseytr@battelle.org