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QinetiQ’s TALON Robots Now in Use in Afghanistan Under a UOR
07/09/10 — QinetiQ is supplying its proven Talon robots to the UK Ministry of Defense for route proving and clearance, under the British Army’s Talisman program. Deployed since April 2010 in Afghanistan, but only just announced, Talisman is the Army’s latest weapon to help counter the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices…

Robotics Virtual Summit Available On Demand
06/30/10 — Access to online exhibit hall, resource center, keynote addresses and feature presentations available at no charge. Event focused on autonomy, mobility and navigation in robotic systems. Robotics Trends announced that access to the inaugural event in the Robotics Summit Virtual Conference and Exposition Series, Autonomy, Navigation, and Mobility Solutions, is…

RE2, Inc. Awarded Funding to Develop a Conformal End-Effector
06/22/10 — RE2 and partner Stealth Composites awarded a contract from the Robotics Technology Consortium to develop new classes of end-effectors for the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic Systems program. RE2, Inc., a developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems, announced that it has been awarded a research and development contract with the…

Rogov Design’s LCD Displays Give Unmanned Aircraft System Operators Better Eyes in the Sky
06/17/10 — The ground control station display array system meets MIL-STD 1472F human factors guidelines and accommodates the 5th to 95th percentile of male and female flyers to provide an expansive window on the action. Forging a better connection between human and machine has long been the inspiration for internationally acclaimed industrial…

General Dynamics Robotic Systems-Led Team Awarded Collaborative Technology Alliance Agreement
06/09/10 — GDRS and eight academic and business partners win $63M award for robotics research. A General Dynamics Robotics Systems-led consortium of eight academic and corporate leaders in robotic technologies has been awarded a $63 million five-year research agreement by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to create the technical foundation supporting development…

Concurrent Technologies Corporation Awarded $46 Million For Ground Robotics Technology
06/04/10 — CTC partners with iRobot, Toycen Corporation, Indiana University and others to conduct research and development (R&D) of ground robotic systems and ancillary subsystems and software. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) has been awarded a competitively bid contract by Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane) to develop ground robotic technology that…

Stratom Announces Release of Warrior Tool and Payload Accessory Kit
06/03/10 — Engineering services firm releases its ‘Warrior Tool and Payload Accessory Kit’, a suite of instruments for mid-sized unmanned ground vehicles designed for locating and neutralize improvised explosive devices. The robotics engineering team at Stratom, Inc. has recently completed the development of a series of tools used with mid-sized unmanned ground…

Army Testing Rugged, Autonomous Robot Vehicle
06/02/10 — Testing of the US Army’s Autonomous Platform Demonstrator, which is propelled by six in-hub electric motors and has a diesel generator, is aimed at aimed at advancing and developing the robot’s ability to maneuver at higher speeds. By Kris Osborn and Andrew Kerbrat The U.S. Army’s Autonomous Platform Demonstrator, or…

Boeing X-51A WaveRider Breaks Record in 1st Flight
05/30/10 — Ramjet based, WaveRider flies autonomously for more than 200 seconds reaching an altitude of about 70,000 feet and an approximate speed of Mach 5. In its first flight attempt, the Boeing [NYSE: BA] X-51A WaveRider successfully completed the longest supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight in history—nearly three and a half minutes…

General Dynamics Awarded $12 Million to Lead Development of Airborne Network Node for WIN-T
05/18/10 — Placed aboard an Unmanned Aircraft System, the airborne Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) capability enables continuous communications connectivity in isolated and mountainous regions, and urban environments General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $12.4 million contract modification to the Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3 contract by the…

RE2, Inc. to Design a Modular Intelligent Manipulation System for the U.S. Army
04/21/10 — Pittsburgh based RE2 wins Phase 1 SBIR Grant from the US Army’s TARDEC to develop robotic manipulators for control of teleoperated unmanned ground vehicles that will mimic the operator’s arm/hand movements. RE2, Inc., a developer of modular manipulation systems, announced today it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research…

Wind River Partner Validation Program Expanded to Aerospace Defense
04/01/10 — Wind River’s highly integrated and validated software ecosystem extended to software solutions specifically developed for avionics, secure military communications, unmanned systems, and complex control systems Wind River launched its Partner Validation Program for the aerospace and defense market segment with initial partners AdaCore, aicas, ALT Software, Atego, Esterel Technologies, Presagis…

DARPA Selects Barrett Technology and RE2 for ARM Research Program
03/17/10 — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will use Barrett Technology’s hardware, including its’ WAM Arm and BarrettHand, and RE2’s integration services, as the basis for DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulator Research Program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced a new initiative to create robotic autonomous manipulators that…

Contineo Robotics Launched to Commercialize Advanced Robotics Technologies
03/16/10 — Newly formed company focused on applying advanced dexterous manipulation and control system technologies to mobile robotics platforms. A new technology venture has been formed to enhance the ability of military and homeland security robots to perform tasks that otherwise would place personnel in harm’s way. The former principal investigator for…

A160T Proves Resupply Capability for US Marines
03/16/10 — Boeing’s unmanned A160T Hummingbird has successfully demonstrated its ability deliver up to 2,500 pounds of cargo up to 75 miles in under six hours.  The Boeing [NYSE: BA] A160T Hummingbird has successfully completed a cargo delivery demonstration under a U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory contract, proving the unmanned rotorcraft’s ability…

AeroVironment Receives $37.9 Million Raven UAS Order
03/11/10 — Orders for Raven systems, a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched visual sensor platform, represent initial portion of Raven funding from United States Department of Defense Fiscal 2010 Budget. AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) announced that it received firm fixed-price orders valued at $20,731,992 for digital Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and digital retrofit…

Northrop Grumman’s Bat Unmanned Aircraft System Successfully Completes First Flight
02/26/10 — Designed for the irregular warfare environment, Northrop Grumman’s “Bat” UAS offers real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, communications relay, and future capabilities in a modular system that is fully autonomous. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today that it has flown the first in a new series of Bat unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)…

iRobot Delivers 3,000th PackBot
02/16/10 — Massachusetts producer of COTS based, modular tactical mobile robot systems delivers its 3,000th unit since 2002 and vows it will continue to enhance capabilities. iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) announced that it has delivered its 3,000th PackBot tactical mobile robot. First introduced in 2002, the iRobot PackBot allows warfighters and public…




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