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$262M For Fire Scout Robot Choppers
05/11/12 — Northrop Grumman has been selected by the US Navy to produce a new variant of the firm’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using a Bell 407 airframe. The US Department of Defense released information regarding contract awards, and according to the news, Northrop Grumman will produce a total of eight Fire…

Robojelly: Hydrogen-Powered Robot Jellyfish
05/11/12 — That innocent-looking jellyfish floating along in the ocean may actually be Robojelly, a hydrogen-fueled robot surveillance jellyfish in development for the Navy. It seems like the U.S. Navy is getting all the cool toys these days. Hot on the heels of the Saffir humanoid firefighting robot, comes Robojelly. Robojelly may…

Police in Washington DC Area Get Recon Robots
05/03/12 — EDINA, Minn—ReconRobotics, Inc. announced today that the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) has purchased and taken delivery of 13 Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits, which it has distributed to pre-designated Type 1 tactical teams throughout the Washington DC area. MWCOG purchased the tactical reconnaissance robots using grant funds from…

Robotic Device to Help Commandos
05/01/12 — Hyderbad, India—Scientists plan to equip a robot with artificial intelligence, auto navigation and facial detection features in the next two phases. Eventually, the budding scientists want to enable its operation through an android phone.  Such a Robotic Command System would come in handy for commandos, police personnel and firemen. It…

Revolutionary Battery to Power Marine Robots
04/27/12 — NewScientist—A revolutionary battery that exploits the reaction between lithium metal and seawater could soon be powering everything from autonomous submarines to buoys and deep-water sensors. Lithium is already widely used in batteries because it is lightweight and has a high electrochemical potential. This potential allows it to generate in excess…

Pirates Beware: Navy’s Robot Copter on the Hunt
04/18/12 — ARLINGTON, Va.— Navy unmanned aircraft will be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels when an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded sensor starts airborne tests this summer, officials said April 5. Called the Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), the sensor is a mix of high-definition cameras, mid-wave infrared sensors…

Robo-Guard
04/17/12 — Engadget: Remember the scene in Terminator Salvation, where massive robot guards ensure that us puny humans toe the line in a prison? South Korea has something that looks far less threatening, where they are currently testing what is dubbed as the world’s first robot prison guard. Basically, the whole idea…

NRL to Test Fueling of Unmanned Surface Vehicles
03/20/12 —   Engineers from the NRL Spacecraft Engineering Department (SED) successfully demonstrate the robotic fluids transfer from a stationary platform to an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in wave heights greater than three feet. The Rapid Autonomous Fuel Transfer (RAFT) project exhibits the ability to track the motion of a Sea Fox…

A-T Solutions to Partner With HDT Global
03/20/12 —   A-T Solutions Inc., a global, industry-leading anti- and counterterrorism professional solutions firm headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area, announced today a partnership with HDT Global, a leading robotics manufacturer, to support military and law enforcement forces with the MK2 Robotic Arm, the first device attachment capable of replicating near-human dexterity. “HDT Global’s…

Naval Research Laboratory Opens Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research
03/19/12 —   The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced the opening of its Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR). The LASR facility will integrate science and technology components into research prototype systems and will become the nerve center for basic research that supports autonomous systems research for the Navy and Marine…

Researchers Send ‘Wireless’ Message Using Nutrinos
03/16/12 —   A group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos – nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light. The message was sent through 240 meters…

Dr. William Robert Norris Joins CoroWare Board of Advisors
03/13/12 —   CoroWare, Inc. this week announced the addition of Dr. William Robert (Bob) Norris to its Board of Advisors. Dr. Norris’ experience includes robotics, adaptive control systems and artificial intelligence, and spans over 15 years at Deere & Company, the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), and the U.S. Army Construction…

AeroVironment Receives $11.1 Million Order for RQ-11B Raven Logistics Support
03/12/12 —   AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) announced that it has received a new $11,095,872 cost-plus-fixed-fee sole source contract award on March 1, 2012 from the United States Army. The order comprises Army, Marine Corps and Foreign Military Sales contractor logistics support for Raven systems. The logistics support services are scheduled to be delivered…

Navy Designing Robot for Shipboard Firefighting
03/08/12 —   In both war and peacetime scenarios, fire in the shipboard environment is serious and frequently results in excessive damage and high repair costs because the fire is not detected or controlled adequately. To help further improve future shipboard firefighting capability, scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have formed an…

Bluefin Receives Subcontract for Phase II of DARPA’s Deep Sea Operations Program
02/28/12 —   Bluefin Robotics, a leader in the design and manufacturing of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), has been awarded a Phase II subcontract from Applied Physical Sciences Corp. (APS) for the Deep Sea Operations (DSOP) Technology and System Development Program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Bluefin Robotics…

Frontline Military Technology Promises Battery Revolution
02/23/12 —   Scientists at BAE Systems have successfully demonstrated the most radical method of storing electricity since the invention of batteries over 200 years ago. The technological breakthrough, called ‘structural batteries’ may lead to a redesign of all electrical technology and could provide a crucial advantage to soldiers on the frontline.…

President Signs FAA Bill into Law that Includes Timetable for UAS Integration
02/15/12 —   President Obama signed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill into law on 14 Feb. The measure includes important provisions on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system, according to a statement from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).   The last time…

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Test Autonomous Aerial Refueling for Unmanned Combat Air System
02/03/12 —   Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a series of flight tests to demonstrate technology that could help extend the operating range and flight duration of future carrier-based unmanned systems. The flight tests, completed Jan. 21 in St. Augustine, proved the functionality of the hardware and…




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