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Lockheed Martin Awarded Up To $47 Million
08/18/11 — The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $47 million contract to develop, demonstrate and deliver autonomous technologies for unmanned air systems in support of in-theater unmanned cargo resupply missions. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace  will demonstrate intelligent autonomous technologies for unmanned aerial systems using the K-MAX helicopter platform. The…

MAV6 Selects Rockwell Collins for Blue Devil Block II Program
08/17/11 — Rockwell Collins is playing a key role on the U.S. Air Force Blue Devil Block II unmanned aerial system (UAS) by providing a full suite of systems that will enable the 335-foot-long airship to provide persistent surveillance for the military. The U.S. Air Force awarded the $86.2 million Blue Devil…

DARPA’s 13,000 MPH Craft Believed Lost Over Pacific Ocean
08/17/11 —   Seen any UFOs lately? Last week, DARPA attempted to fly the fastest aircraft ever built. The Agency’s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) is designed to fly anywhere in the world in less than 60 minutes. This capability requires an aircraft that can fly at 13,000 mph, while experiencing temperatures in excess…

Navy Displays Unmanned Systems
08/16/11 — The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will tout a fully autonomous robot, an unmanned underwater vehicle and several other technologies at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2011, being held this week in Washington, D.C. "A presence at this premier event on autonomous technology is a good opportunity for us to share…

Oshkosh Defense Showcases TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology at AUVSI 2011
08/15/11 — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation will present its TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) technology at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2011, hosted August 16-19 in Washington, D.C. The TerraMax technology recently completed its first limited technical assessment for the U.S. Marine Corps Cargo UGV…

Army Selects Lockheed Martin Autonomous Vehicle for Afghanistan Deployment
08/05/11 — The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force, through the Robotics Technology Consortium, has selected the Lockheed Martin Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) to deploy to Afghanistan for a first-of-its-kind military assessment. SMSS will deploy as the winner of the Project Workhorse Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) competition sponsored by the Army. The largest…

Energid Assists Mitsubishi with Nuclear Plant Robot
07/18/11 — In the wake of Japan’s Fukushima reactor disaster, Cambridge, Mass.-based Energid Technologies Corporation has developed a next-generation robot prototype for heat exchanger inspection in nuclear power plants. The robot was created for use in an inspection system by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Ltd. MHI came to Energid, a leader in…

Harwin To Showcase Hi-Rel Datamate Ranges for Unmanned Systems and Robotics
07/12/11 —   Harwin Inc, a leading manufacturer of hi-rel connectors and SMT board hardware, will be showcasing its latest products at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America from August 16-18 in Washington, DC. The company’s high-reliability connector ranges have already appeared in a number of products for the unmanned systems market, including…

Lockheed Martin Completes Design Milestone for GPS III
07/07/11 —   Lockheed Martin announced it has successfully completed on-schedule a System Design Review (SDR) for the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIIB satellite increment under the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III program. GPS III will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy…

Lockheed Martin’s HULC Robotic Exoskeleton Undergoes Biomechanical Testing
07/05/11 —   Biomechanical testing of Lockheed Martin's ruggedized HULC exoskeleton is now underway at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass. The testing is expected to help shape future requirements for the HULC, based on feedback from soldiers. For seven weeks, U.S. Army war fighters will be…

SRI Chosen by DARPA to Create Visual Intelligence System
06/29/11 —   SRI International, a nonprofit research and development organization, is leading a team to design a visual intelligence system, known as VIGIL (Visual Intelligence Grounded in Learning), as part of the military's effort to bring about a new era in unmanned robotic surveillance. The SRI team is being funded through…

Two Japanese Robots Suffer Mishaps at Fukushima
06/24/11 —   Editor's Note: Robotics' response to the recent Japanese earthquake was a subject at a virtual event organized by Robotics Trends earlier this week (Click here to register and review presentations; note all presentations free to attendees). An Associated Press story reported today on two separate incidents in which Japanese…

Integrated System Delivers Tactical Video from Drones to Battlefield
06/09/11 — Harris Corporation, a communications and information technology company, and Cubic Corporation, a provider of defense electronics and data links, have conducted technology demonstrations that significantly enhance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) situational awareness by distributing Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) video and targeting data across wideband ground tactical communication networks. The…

Nextreme Offers Thermobility Wireless Power Generator
06/08/11 — Nextreme Thermal Solutions, a Durham, NC-based provider of electronics cooling and energy harvesting solutions for telecommunications, semiconductor, consumer, medical, aerospace and government markets. introduced the Thermobility Wireless Power Generator WPG-1S evaluation kit with on-board energy storage using the INFINERGY D-MPM101 micro power module from Infinite Power Solutions. The WPG-1S uses…

Raytheon Deploys Miniature Air Launched Decoys from C-130 Cargo Aircraft
06/03/11 —   Raytheon Company deployed two Miniature Air Launched Decoy instrumented shapes from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules equipped with the new Raytheon-funded MALD Cargo Air Launched System (MCALS). This test marked the first deployment of a MALD airframe from a cargo aircraft. MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle…

Northrop Grumman Unveils Newest Intelligence Gathering Aircraft System
05/09/11 —   Military users will be able to get real-time high-definition video, view infrared imagery, use radar, and even listen in on communications signals—all at the same time—using a new intelligence-gathering aircraft system called Firebird unveiled today by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). Firebird offers a large internal payload bay and can…

iRobot Announces $7.6 million Order from the U.S. Army
04/20/11 —   Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot Corp. (IRBT) has received a $7.6 million order from the U.S. Army for 50 of its 310 SUGV (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle) tactical mobile robots and spare parts. The 310 SUGV gathers situational awareness in dangerous environments, while keeping warfighters out of harm’s way. The robotic…

iRobot Develops Small, Light, Throwable Robot
04/10/11 —   iRobot Corp. unveiled pre-production prototypes of the iRobot® 110 FirstLook unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). A small, light and throwable robot, 110 FirstLook provides hasty situational awareness, performs persistent observation, and investigates confined spaces. The robot weighs less than five pounds and is 10 inches long, making it ideal for…




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