Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) Opens

The LASR facility will integrate science and technology components into research prototype systems and will become the nerve center for basic research that supports autonomous systems research for the Navy and
Marine Corps. The prototyping high bay can be used for small autonomous air and ground vehicles, and the people who work with them.

Credit:USN Visual News Service:3/16/12
  • In the first photo, Octavia, a mobile, dexterous, social (MDS) robot, puts out a fire in the prototyping high bay of the just-opened
    Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research at the Naval Research Laboratory in
    Washington, D.C.
  • In the second photo, Dr. Brian Houston, left, head of the Physical Acoustics Branch at the Naval
    Research Laboratory, discusses features of the littoral high bay with Dr. John
    P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology
    Policy, during a tour of the just-opened Laboratory for Autonomous Systems
    Research.
  • In the third photo, Dr. Rhonda Stroud, head of the nanoscale
    materials section at the Naval Research Laboratory gives a briefing to Dr. John
    P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology
    Policy, and Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, Chief of Naval Research, during a tour
    of the Naval Research Laboratory before attending the opening of the Laboratory
    for Autonomous Systems Research.
  • In the fourth photo, Drew Rodgers, a mechanical engineer at
    the Naval Research Laboratory, demonstrates Ion Tiger, a hydrogen-powered fuel
    cell unmanned aerial vehicle, for Dr. John P. Holdren, right, Director of the
    White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Capt. Paul Stewart,
    commanding officer of Naval Research Laboratory, and Dr. Arun Seraphin,
    assistant director of defense programs at the Office of Science and Technology
    Policy, during a tour of the just-opened Laboratory for Autonomous Systems
    Research.

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