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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…

RE2 Announces New Family of Manipulators for Unmanned Ground Vehicles
03/30/11 —   RE2, Inc. announced that it has developed a family of robotic arms to meet the growing demands for improved manipulation capabilities on unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for military and public safety missions such as explosive ordnance disposal. The Pittsburgh company develops plug-n-play manipulation systems and end-effectors that are interoperable…

X-47B UAS Completes Second, Third Test Flight
03/21/11 —   Less than a month after completing the first flight of the U.S. Navy’s X-47B UCAS-Demonstration aircraft, flight test engineers from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the Navy have successfully completed the aircraft’s second and third flights. The flights, both conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, mark the beginning of…

UAS Market Forecast to Reach $2.3 Billion Dollars Worldwide by 2017
03/16/11 —   Commercial and homeland security markets for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are poised to achieve significant growth as governments move to implement more cost-efficient military systems and weapons delivery modalities, according to a new report, “Homeland Security and Commercial Unanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2011…

U.S. Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Aircraft Completes First Flight
02/09/11 —   The U.S. Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft, built by Northrup Grumman Corp. (NOC) successfully completed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), Calif., February 4th. Conducted by a U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman test team, the flight took off at 2:09 p.m. PST and lasted…

AeroVironment’s Global Observer UAS Achieves Historic First Hydrogen-Powered Flight
01/12/11 —   AeroVironment Inc.’s Global Observer unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its historic first flight powered by the aircraft’s hydrogen-fueled propulsion system at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) in California. This milestone marks the beginning of high-altitude, long-endurance flight testing for the demonstration and operational utility phase of the Joint…

Euro Hawk UAV Shows Stamina with 30-Hour Flight
12/22/10 —   Euro Hawk has successfully proved its long-endurance capability with a 30.3-hour flight over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Built by Northrop Grumman and EADS Deutschland, operating through Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, the high-flying UAS took off December 1, 2010 at 4:47 p.m. PST and landed…

Fire-X Vertical Unmanned Aircraft Successfully Completes First Flight
12/21/10 —   Fire-X, a vertical unmanned air system (VUAS) developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation and Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, completed its first fully autonomous flight December 10,2010 at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., less than one year after development began. “The speed which Fire-X was developed shows that a low-risk, fast-track…

Remote-Controlled Vehicle Clears Minefields
12/17/10 —   Recent technological advances have enabled the Army to protect its most valuable asset, the lives of its soldiers. The M1 Abrams Panther II is a 43-ton remote-controlled vehicle designed to help clear minefields. A specially modified M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank stripped of its turret and installed with Omnitech’s…

IAI Offers New Ultralight MiniPOP Payload for UAVs
11/01/10 —   Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing the newest member of its MiniPOP (plug-in optronic payload) family: the Ultralight MiniPOP. The new lightweight MiniPOP payload is manufactured using lightweight metals, including magnesium and titanium. The MiniPOP is designed to be used by small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which demand long…

Boeing to Offer A160T Hummingbird in Response to NAVAIR RFP
10/15/10 —   The Boeing Company is preparing to offer a solution based on the world record-setting A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft in response to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for Cargo Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Services. The RFP calls for government-owned, contractor-operated UAS services for the U.S.…




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