As mobile robots continue to gain acceptance across a variety of applications within the defense and civilian markets, the
number of tasks that these robot platforms are expected to accomplish are expanding. Robot operators are asked to do
more with the same platforms - from EOD missions to reconnaissance and inspection operations. Due to the fact that a
majority of missions are dangerous in nature, it is critical that users are able to make remote adjustments to the systems
to ensure that they are kept out of harm's way. An efficient way to expand the capabilities of existing robot platforms,
improve the efficiency of robot missions, and to ultimately improve the operator's safety is to integrate JAUS-enabled
Intelligent Modular Manipulation payloads. Intelligent Modular Manipulation payloads include both simple and
dexterous manipulator arms with plug-and-play end-effector tools that can be changed based on the specific mission.
End-effectors that can be swapped down-range provide an added benefit of decreased time-on-target. The intelligence in
these systems comes from semi-autonomous mobile manipulation actions that enable the robot operator to perform
manipulation task with the touch of a button on the OCU. RE2 is supporting Unmanned Systems Interoperability by
utilizing the JAUS standard as the messaging protocol for all of its manipulation systems. Therefore, they can be easily
adapted and integrated onto existing JAUS-enabled robot platforms.