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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…

Undersea Gliders Get Smarter
12/13/11 —   Scientists have successfully transitioned fundamental research in autonomy to undersea gliders, demonstrating in recent sea tests how the new software, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), can help robots become smarter at surveying large swaths of ocean. “Using the new algorithms, the vehicle has a greater ability to make…

Networked Responder Robots Team up to Map Disaster Sites
11/09/11 —   Earthquaks, tsunamies, hurricanes – natural disasters always catch us by surprise, no matter how many early-warning systems are in place.This makes it all the more important for rescue teams to get a quick overview of the situation at hand. In SENEKA, a Markets Beyond Tomorrow project, Fraunhofer researchers are…

Repair Team Keeps Robots on the Road
10/11/11 — It's every boy's dream, tinkering with robots.  Soldiers in the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment at Camp Arifjan get to do that daily. They are members of an elite program trained specifically to repair robots that are used for route clearance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Staff Sgt. Xavier Smith, 34, is…

World Surveillance Group Announces Successful Flight of Argus One UAV
09/29/11 —   World Surveillance Group, Inc. (OTCBB: WSGI), a developer of lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related technologies, announced today that the Company has successfully completed additional tethered flight testing of its Argus One airship in Easton, Maryland. The Argus One flew under tower control at Easton Airport where it…

Army Awards AeroVironment $4.9 Million for Switchblade Agile Munition Systems and Services
09/07/11 —   AeroVironment, Inc. announced that it received a contract from the U.S. Army Close Combat Weapons Systems (CCWS), Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS). The $4,907,840 contract for the Switchblade agile munition includes engineering services and operational systems for deployment with the U.S. Army. The Switchblade air vehicle…

Boeing Demonstrates Swarm Reconnaissance with Unmanned Aircraft
08/24/11 — Boeing announced the successful autonomous communications and operation of dissimilar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in flight tests over the rugged terrain of eastern Oregon. The July 7-10 mission used two ScanEagles manufactured by Boeing subsidiary Insitu and one Procerus Unicorn from The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). The…

Marines Train on Robotic Truck for Future Convoys
08/23/11 — In a test area just east of Pittsburgh, six Marines will learn to control a robotic truck that may represent the future for logistics convoys, route-clearing missions, and other high-risk battlefield operations. Oshkosh Defense of Wisconsin developed the TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle technology that’s integrated into the company’s 6x6 medium…

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…




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