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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.…

Energid Technologies Applies Actin software for Black-I Robotics Heavy-lift Arm
08/30/10 —   Black-I Robotics is developing a series of robotic arms for its multi-payload LandShark base. Through a recent collaboration agreement, Energid Technologies will be providing control and simulation for these arms with its Actin software toolkit and grasping algorithms. Black-I’s heavy-lift arms, when coupled with Energid’s control software, will offer…

Goodrich Introduces Low SWaP Shortwave Infrared Camera for Unmanned Vehicles
08/23/10 — Goodrich’s smallest SWaP (size, weight and power) shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera for unmanned vehicles provides warfighters new capabilities. Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) has introduced the smallest SWaP (size, weight and power) shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera for unmanned vehicles. The camera weighs less than four and a half ounces and has…

Automated Vehicles Could Lighten The Load On Troops
07/21/10 — The soldier’s burden on the battlefield could be eased thanks to a new semi-autonomous, Multi-Operated All-Terrain Vehicle (MOATV) being developed by BAE Systems. BAE Systems’ Multi-Operated All-Terrain Vehicle (MOATV) has a range of sophisticated features is designed to reduce the burden on the dismounted solder. As well as being driven…

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…




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