The Robotics Technology Consortium (“RTC”) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that serves as the Department of Defense’s (“DoD”) primary industry partner for developing prototype robotics technology solutions. The RTC was formed in May, 2008 and shortly thereafter was awarded a seven-year, $170 million Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) from the Department of Defense. Over 100 corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations involved in the robotics industry now participate in the RTC. RTC members conduct applied research and development projects selected by the Government through a competitive bid process under the terms and conditions of the OTA. These projects are intended to adapt, harden, and/or integrate various ground robotics technologies and to develop working, prototype solutions that can be transitioned to DoD warfighters for demonstration and experimentation purposes. New projects are funded every year.
The RTC serves as a forum for the Government, industry, and academia to meet several important objectives. One is to enable RTC members to better understand the needs of the DoD regarding ground robotics technology. A second is to funnel leading edge ideas and concepts to DoD program and technical managers so they gain the broadest possible insight as to what’s possible in regards to ground robotics technology. And a third is to propose and undertake projects in response Government requests for proposals for those ideas and concepts that the DoD deems to be the most promising. Since its inception, the RTC has awarded over 70 projects totaling nearly $80 million.
The RTC was initially formed in response to a request by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise (“OSD/JGRE”) to enter into a Section 845 Other Transactions Agreement with an industry consortium for the purpose of providing the Government advice in developing and executing ground robotics endeavors and performing prototype robotics research and development projects selected by the Government. Government responsibility for the RTC has transitioned in 2013 to the Defense Ground Robotics Alliance (“DGRA”), a joint initiative between the Army’s Tank and Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (“TARDEC”) and Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems – Robotics Systems Joint Program Office (“RS-JPO”).
Benefits to Membership:
- Gain greater insight to defense market needs
- Obtain Government feedback on your innovative ideas and concept
- Have an opportunity to bid on and contract for Government funded applied and research projects through a vastly simplified and expedited process
- Network with other robotics technology organizations and pursue partnering opportunities with them
- Access Government provided equipment, facilities, personnel, and other resources
The Robotics Technology Consortium is comprised of over 100 member organizations, private companies, academic institutions, and non-profits.
Board Chairman – Rick Jarman
President – Andy Dallas
CTO – Henrik Christensen
Executive Director – Bill Thomasmeyer