The Vehicle Research Section (Code 5712) conducts research to develop technologies for autonomous, affordably expendable, unmanned systems that carry a wide variety of payloads for numerous mission scenarios. The Section is comprised of aeronautical, aerospace, electrical and mechanical engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in unmanned systems technology.

The VRS works closely with researchers throughout the Laboratory. For complete systems development, the VRS collaborates with Optical Sciences, Chemistry, Space Sciences, and other NRL Divisions. The VRS has partnerships with other government agencies, universities, and businesses.

  • Head, Vehicle Research Section - Alvin Cross
  • Senior Scientist for Expendable Vehicles - Richard J. Foch

The Vehicle Research Section has been conducting research in unmanned systems technologies since the mid 1970s. Initially the focus was solely on developing expendable vehicle platforms to carry electronic payloads for ship's self protection, but the technologies developed for these platforms were directly applicable to the entire unmanned systems industry. Our timeline chart provides an "at a glance" look at the past 30 years.

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