Mitre, a leading technology research and development organization, recently opened its Blue Tech Lab on its campus in Bedford, Massachusetts. The lab was established to expand research and development on marine technologies, with the ultimate goal of ensuring national, climate, and economic security.
The Blue Tech Lab is a collaborative space for government, industry, and academic researchers to work on rapid prototyping, research and development, and testing initiatives. The lab features a 620,000-gallon test tank that is specifically designed for communication and acoustic sensing studies as well as use with unmanned surface and undersea vehicles.
The lab’s focus areas include maritime autonomy, uncrewed underwater vehicles, climate science, and acoustic sensing and communications. Douglas Robbins, the vice president at Mitre Labs emphasized the lab’s potential as a national resource for maritime research and its ability to support technological innovation and collaboration.
Mitre’s BlueNERVE network will also serve as the hub of this new laboratory. The network’s aim is to provide research organizations with access to maritime data