The new MITER BlueTech laboratory will accelerate the development of maritime technologies


MITER joins the Northeast BlueTech Science and Engineering Acceleration (BlueSEA) Coalition as a founding member

BEDFORD, Mass. & MCLEAN, Virginia, November 10, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – MITER today announced the new MITER BlueTech Lab, a national resource for advancing underwater testing, innovation and collaboration. MITER also joins the Northeast BlueTech Science and Engineering Acceleration (BlueSEA) Coalition as a founding member, along with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MassChallenge, University of Rhode Island. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division will support the coalition in a liaison role.

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MITER’s BlueTech Lab will be a national resource for advanced underwater testing, innovation and collaboration. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Maritime technology is deeply rooted in many key challenges facing our country and the world, including climate, national security and clean energy,” said Douglas Robbins, vice president, engineering and prototyping, MITER Labs . “The MITER BlueTech Lab will accelerate and provide a foundation for underwater research and innovation for positive impact and help make New England a global maritime research node. “

The MITER BlueTech Lab will be a state-of-the-art marine testing facility and a national resource to advance underwater testing, innovation and collaboration. Holding approximately 575,000 gallons of water, the lab’s test tank will be the longest and one of the largest freshwater tanks available in the region. It will support research, testing and rapid prototyping in the areas of acoustic detection, acoustic communications, unmanned underwater vehicles, maritime autonomy, and climate science research and development.

The lab will be open to government agencies, research organizations, startups and commercial companies, and is expected to begin operations at the end of 2022..

“With the BlueTech Lab marine testing facility, MITER is once again leading the way in advancing science and underwater testing,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA). “Together, this laboratory with our major research institutions will foster a collaborative ecosystem that will help us address the climate crisis we are facing. “

“The challenges of tomorrow will require the combined efforts of government, academia, industry and the not-for-profit sector. I am very happy that the BlueTech Lab is working hard to create the necessary infrastructure to meet these challenges, ”said Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06). “MITER’s commitment to research and development of next generation technologies is essential to our continued fight against climate change and will simultaneously help strengthen our national security – two goals that are extremely important to the future of our country. I look forward to working closely with the MITER team to tackle some of the most difficult issues facing our country and to make significant advancements in maritime technology. “

“By developing one of the region’s largest freshwater reservoirs, MITER is making a vital investment in the blue economy and fighting climate change,” said Representative Jake Auchincloss (MA-04). “The BlueTech Lab is another reason New England is leading the way in innovation and discovery.”

At a groundbreaking ceremony today, the founding members of the Northeast BlueSEA Coalition also announced their commitment to collaborate to advance maritime innovation and to conduct research in the new MITER BlueTech Lab. The Northeast BlueSEA Coalition, made up of leading maritime technology organizations in academia, government and not-for-profit, will strive to accelerate solutions to complex maritime challenges by combining complementary skills, resources and infrastructure. . MITER will use its NERVE network to connect physical labs and provide its unique institutional capabilities and infrastructure for real-time testing and collaboration between organizations.

“WHO is a global leader in ocean science, engineering and marine operations, and this collaboration is an important step to help accelerate ocean discovery and innovation,” said Peter de Menocal, President and Director from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “We are thrilled to be a part of this new national resource as we advance understanding of the ocean and its importance to the planet.”

“The URI is well positioned to train and educate the next generation workforce and foster the creation of ‘blue jobs’ in this dynamic and emerging industry,” said Marc Parlange, President of the University of Rhode Island. “This partnership presents an excellent opportunity to develop high-impact joint and multi-stakeholder regional efforts that will accelerate maritime innovation and improve the security and competitiveness of the United States. This collaborative effort fits well with the University’s broader ambitions to advance innovation and research in the blue economy and aligns with complementary strategic investments as we work together to make New England the main region of the country for ocean science and technology. “

“We are delighted to continue our collaborations with all of these great organizations,” said Dr. Jason Gomez, CTO, NUWC Division Newport. “The Northeast has always been the leader in the development of submarine technologies, and with increased dependence and opportunities in the submarine domain, we must combine the complementary capabilities of government, academia and industry to develop the blue economy and provide our fleet with the advanced technology capabilities they need. “

“MassChallenge is pleased to be a founding member of the Northeast BlueSEA Coalition. We believe this coalition is more than just a commitment to advancing innovation, it is a commitment to collaboration that brings together the strengths of our region, ”said Hope Hopkins. , General Manager of Early Stage New England Programs at MassChallenge. “Critical infrastructure and access to facilities such as the new MITER BlueTech Lab that we inaugurated today are essential for blue technology entrepreneurs looking to prototype, pilot and validate their technologies. The opportunity we unlocked today will have a lasting impact on the future of maritime innovation in New England and around the world. “

About MITER

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Contacts

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