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Bluefin-21 Unmanned Sub Relaunches Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
04/15/14 — The US Navy underwater robot Bluefin-21 has returned to the depths of the Indian Ocean in search of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 after aborting its first scouting mission. The multinational team of searchers launched the autonomous underwater vehicle Monday, nearly a week after pings believed to be transmitted by the missing jet’s black boxes went silent. But the sub aborted that mission after reaching a patch of ocean that exceeded its maximum depth capacity. “That part of the area was deeper than we thought it would be,” Navy spokesman Chris Johnson says. “We’re not entirely clear what we are going…


New Porton Man Robot Soldier Tests Biological Warfare Suits
04/08/14 — A new robot mannequin that will help test the next generation of chemical and biological protective suits for the UK's armed forces has been unveiled. The Porton Man can walk, march, run, sit, kneel and even mimic the movement of a soldier sighting a weapon, allowing scientists to test the suits designed to protect UK personnel from chemical and biological attacks such as nerve agents like Sarin. The mannequin has been made for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down, Wiltshire - where clothing systems worn by soldiers are tested against chemical warfare agents by Buckingham-based company…



Military Drone Crashes Near Pa. Elementary School
04/04/14 — A military unmanned aerial vehicle crashed outside a Lebanon County school and a hotel this afternoon. Fort Indiantown Gap spokesman Maj. Ed Shank said the UAV was involved in training operations when it experienced an uncontrolled hard landing on Fischer Avenue in Union Township. The drone came down between Lickdale…

Inside the Military’s New Office for Cyborgs
04/03/14 — The ability to link human brains to machines, create new life forms and build Star Trek-style disease detectors will be the focus of a new Defense Department office soon. The new office, named the Biological Technology Office, or BTO, will serve as a clearinghouse for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or…

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Underwater Drone Joins Search for Wreckage
03/25/14 — A US undersea drone will join the international fleet of vessels and aircraft in efforts to locate the wreckage of the lost MH370 plane in the waters of the southern Indian Ocean. The sonar-equipped Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle can dive as deep as 4,500 metres and keep operating for up…

Navy Experimenting with Robot Firefighters
03/24/14 — A former United States naval vessel will be set on fire this August, and the Navy will send robots to put out the blaze. The Navy is testing robots that will put out fires instead of having sailors do the job. The humanoids may be tasked with dousing fires aboard…

John Deere Observing 10-year Anniversary of R-Gator Autonomous Vehicle
03/19/14 — If you’re a gamer and have ever played popular video games with a war theme such as “Halo” or “America’s Army,” then you’re already partially trained to operate the R-Gator, John Deere’s autonomous utility vehicle used in the U.S. military. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this cyber war…

Russia Plans to Deploy Mobile Security Robots
03/13/14 — Russia is planning to deploy mobile security robots in 2014 to protect its strategic missile facilities, the nation's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. “In March, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) began testing mobile robotic systems being developed to protect key RVSN installations,” according to spokesman Major Dmitry Andreyev. Andreyev said…

Military Budget Adds More Drones for 2015
03/05/14 — While the military prepares for another year of belt tightening, some key drone programs will get more funding support in 2015. According to a budget released by the Pentagon today, the military has increased acquisitions budgets for half of its drone programs as compared to 2014, while research and development budgets have…

Knightscope K5 Robot Patrols Silicon Valley
02/26/14 — The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors and colored Stormtrooper black and white, it really is imposing. But that’s the point: It’s a robot cop, and it doesn’t want you to forget it. At the Launch Festival in San Francisco, CEO William Santana…

iRobot PackBots to Protect 2014 World Cup
02/21/14 — This year’s World Cup has thirty new employees that will be tasked with protecting and monitoring 12 cities during the games. They’re PackBots from iRobot, and they will be rolling around keeping everyone safe very soon. PackBots are one of the most versatile designs from iRobot for searching an urban…

U.S. Army Demonstrates Readiness of Fully Autonomous Convoys
02/05/14 — The U.S. Army, working with Lockheed Martin, has successfully demonstrated the ability of fully autonomous convoys to operate in urban environments and under difficult conditions. It's all part of the military's ongoing effort to eliminate soldiers from the equation. The demonstration took place at Fort Hood, and it's part of…

Why 3D Printing May Be the Future of Military UAVs
01/29/14 — The U.S. military has a problem. It takes too long to acquire new fighting machines. In 1983, top-brass decided that they needed a new fighter jet to maintain a tactical edge in the Cold War threat environment. The resulting aircraft, the F-22 Raptor, which was specifically designed for use in…

Military Downsizing Could Mean Robotic Bulk Up
01/22/14 — WASHINGTON — The postwar, sequestration-era US Army is working on becoming “a smaller, more lethal, deployable and agile force,” according to Gen. Robert Cone, head of the service’s Training and Doctrine Command. But just how much smaller might come as a surprise. During remarks at the Army Aviation Symposium in Arlington,…

Rescue Mission? Send the Best Robot-Helicopter-Truck for the Job
01/15/14 — It's a lot easier to "leave no man behind" when the rescue crew is robotic. Advanced Tactics, an El Segundo-based firm, plans to test a remotely operated, transforming, flying, driving evacuation vehicle early this year. It's not quite a drone, but it's not really a truck or a helicopter either. It's…

Navy’s Triton UAV Promises Big Surveillance Power
01/08/14 — A new drone with the mammoth wingspan of a Boeing 757 is set to give the U.S. Navy some serious surveillance power. Northrop Grumman and the Navy say they’ve just completed the ninth flight trial of the Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS), an improvement upon its predecessor in the Air Force,…

FAA Green-Lights UAV Test Sites
01/02/14 — Are drones the engine of the next economic boom?  Officials in the six states selected Monday to develop drone test sites certainly seem to think so. Despite concern about government surveillance dominating the headlines this year, those behind the successful bids ended 2013 cheering over the possibility of a new…

Lockheed Martin Welcomed to “Elite Eight” in DARPA Challenge
12/24/13 — HOMESTEAD, Fla., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) recently completed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Lockheed Martin-led team, which includes the University of Pennsylvania and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, guided an Atlas humanoid robot through a number of tasks designed to…

Robots Gear up for Coming DARPA Challenge
12/18/13 — The current state of robotics will be put to a serious test this weekend as 17 robots and software teams take their autonomous unmanned systems to Florida for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge. They might look like Robocop or some kind of praying mantis, but they all have the same mission: assisting…

Google Goes on Military Robot Buying Spree
12/18/13 — Google may have just entered Skynet territory with its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed robots for the Pentagon and has close ties to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Google (GOOG)has been aggressively buying robot makers over the past year, and its larger autonomous-machine strategy is overseen by Andy Rubin, the Google executive…




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