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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…

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…




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