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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…

Autonomous Robot Completes “Full Day’s Work” Unassisted
01/30/12 — Denver, Colo-based Gamma Two Robotics’ security robot ‘Vigilus’ recently completed a full day’s work, patrolling a parking garage for eight hours. And it did it all autonomously. No person helped the robot, told it how to navigate the garage, when to yield to moving cars, nor how to avoid obstacles in its…

DARPA Developing Novel Fire Suppression Method
01/25/12 —   Fire in a combat vehicle, aboard a ship, or other confined space such as an airplane cockpit puts warfighters at risk. Today’s fire suppression technologies are many decades old and focus largely on disrupting the chemical reactions involved in combustion by spraying water, foams, or other chemicals on the…

Pushing the Envelope
01/19/12 —   The northern goshawk is one of nature's diehard thrill-seekers. The formidable raptor preys on birds and small mammals, speeding through tree canopies and underbrush to catch its quarry. With reflexes that rival a fighter pilot's, the goshawk zips through a forest at high speeds, constantly adjusting its flight path…

TORC Robotics Tackles High-Speed Autonomous Vehicle Navigation Challenges
01/17/12 —   TORC Robotics has been subcontracted through the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) to develop an advanced sensor fusion system for the Department of Defense that will significantly increase high-speed obstacle detection range. This long-range obstacle detection, classification and prediction system will enhance autonomous navigation capabilities for unmanned ground vehicles operating…

Big Drones Launch Smaller Drones During Naval Research Laboratory Test
01/03/12 — The Naval Research Laboratory Vehicle Research Section has successfully completed flight tests for the Autonomous Deployment Demonstration (ADD) program. The final demonstration took place Sept. 1 at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, Ariz., and consisted of a series of eight balloon-drops at altitudes of up to 57,000 ft, delivering sensor-emplacement…

Lockheed Martin Completes Critical Testing Milestone on Navy’s Remote Minehunting System
12/28/11 —   Lockheed Martin completed 500 hours of reliability testing on the U.S. Navy’s Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV), marking a critical testing milestone. The system will provide mine reconnaissance capabilities to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). RMMV is an unmanned, semi-submersible, semi-autonomous vehicle that tows a variable-depth sensor that can detect…

Army to Deploy Vertical Take-Off UAS
12/28/11 —   The U.S. Army is using a hybrid-type acquisition approach to develop a helicopter-like, Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing Unmanned Aerial System with a so-called ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite designed to beam back information and images of the surrounding terrain, service officials said.  Beginning in May or June of 2012, the Army will…

Rockwell Collins Teams with NASA to Help Unmanned Aircraft Navigate in Commercial Airspace
12/21/11 —   Rockwell Collins is collaborating with NASA to develop an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) control and non-payload communications (CNPC) data link that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft to safely operate in the national airspace. “The reason we were selected is because we’re one of a few companies that have both…




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