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AAI and L-3 Deliver Aerial Situational Awareness Architecture for Manned/Unmanned Systems
09/22/09 — Installation-ready system produced by AAI and L-3 Communication Systems has successfully integrated reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA) information into existing cockpit interfaces during U.S. Army datalink for manned/unmanned systems demonstration. AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and L-3 Communication Systems-West today…

Protonex Receives $598,813 to Extend Capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Propulsion System
09/17/09 — Developer of fuel cell power systems wins a $600K contract from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for increasing the power density of the company’s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) UAV fuel cell system while simultaneously scaling up the power output of the system. Protonex Technology Corporation (LSE: AIM: PTX and PTXU),…

Sandia Hopping Robots to Bolster Troop Capabilities
09/15/09 — Sandia National Laboratories awards Boston Dynamics contract as part of DARPA program to develop unmanned ground robots for the US military. Boston Dynamics, developer of advanced dynamic robots such as BigDog and PETMAN, has been awarded a contract by Sandia to develop the next generation of the Precision Urban Hopper,…

Robotic Technology Consortium Awards Second Round Research Projects
09/02/09 — Consortium fast tracks US DoD contracts for ground vehicle technologies research to universities, research labs, and companies. The Robotics Technology Consortium, Inc. (RTC) announced that the U.S. government has awarded nine winners of its second round of projects totaling $3.62 million. These teams will undertake the research required to further…

QinetiQ sells TALON robots to Australian Defense Force
08/24/09 — QinetiQ lands AUS$23M contract from the Australian Department of Defense for TALON robots for IED disposal and other services. QinetiQ Group PLC, a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions, has secured a AUS$23m contract from the Australian Department of Defense for TALON robots and replacement parts to support…

Robotic Research, LLC Awarded Phase II Navy SBIR Contract for Autonomous Recovery System
08/21/09 — Robotic Research partners with General Dynamics Robotic Systems in development of a standard control system for recovery of both Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and manned small craft returning to a Littoral Combat Ship. Robotic Research, LLC has received a Phase II contract through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program…

Northrop Grumman to Provide EyeDrive Mini-Robot to U.S. Customers
08/19/09 — Agreement with Israeli-based ODF Optronics LTD expands Northrop Grumman Remotec’s presence into lightweight robotics marketplace. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) subsidiary, Remotec Inc., based in Clinton, Tenn., has signed an agreement with ODF Optronics LTD, Tel Aviv, Israel, to be the exclusive worldwide manufacturer and sole provider of ODF’s Eye-Drive mini-robot…

Naval Research Laboratory’s XFC UAS Achieves Flight Endurance Milestone
08/13/09 — Fuel cell powered unmanned aerial vehicle demonstrates ability to serve as surveillance and reconnaissance platform. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has completed a successful flight test of the fuel cell powered XFC (eXperimental Fuel Cell) unmanned aerial system (UAS). During the June 2 flight test, the XFC UAS was airborne…

iRobot Awarded $13.5 Million NAVSEA Contract
08/13/09 — Naval Sea Systems Command contract for PackBot MTRS (Man Transportable Robotic Systems) to combat improvised explosive devices. iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) announced it has been awarded a $13.5 million Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Indian Head, Md. Under the terms of the contract,…

CoroWare Partners with Auxilia to Distribute Unmanned Mobile Robots to the Military
07/31/09 — Unmanned Systems Provider Expands Product Offerings with CoroBot and Explorer Robots CoroWare Technologies, a subsidiary of CoroWare, Inc. (OCBB: COWI) today announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with Auxilia, Inc. an unmanned systems (UMS) integration company, for its CoroBot and Explorer lines of mobile robots. Under the agreement…

Self-Fueling ‘Eating’ Robot Passes First Power-Unit Test
07/14/09 — The fueling unit designed to help a military robot eat its way across a battlefield has completed its first round of tests. The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robotic (EATR) is designed to be able to operate without the limitations of most battery operated robots. EATR includes a steam generator that can…

DARPA Awards AeroVironment Phase II Contract Extension for Nano Air Vehicle Development
07/10/09 — AeroVironment achieves technical milestone: Controlled hovering flight of Nano Air Vehicle unmanned aircraft systems with two flapping wings. AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) was awarded a Phase II contract extension in April from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build a flying prototype for the Nano…

Micro Brigade: Miniature Robot Ensembles Could Aid Future Armed Forces Missions
07/10/09 — Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) researchers working under the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance Program, are studying very small, unmanned, reconnaissance robots. As Army soldiers take up secure positions behind a wall, they deploy a small reconnaissance team - a very small one. Some hopping, some…

QinetiQ Lands $56.4M Contract to Sell Talon to Navy
06/29/09 — The company formerly known as Foster-Miller, Inc. has announced a $56.4 million contract to supply Talon remote-operated vehicles to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, which will use them for bomb disposal. The contract is for Talon Gen IV robots, parts, spare kits and related parts and service on a non-time-limited…

Robotics Consortium Awards First of $175M in DoD Contracts
06/22/09 — The Robotics Technology Consortium has announced (PDF) the winners of the first seven of the $175 million in contracts it is charged with giving out on behalf of the Dept. of Defense. RTC, an industry group made up of both small and large robotics manufacturers and a smattering of colleges…

Israel Introduces Snake Robot for Surveillance, Destruction
06/11/09 — The Israeli Defense Forces have released photos and video of a snakelike surveillance robot it is developing to help investigate buildings, caves, tunnels and other hard-to-reach areas, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post. The two-meter-long snake, covered in desert camouflage, carries a video camera on its front, which…

Talon Talks Back
06/10/09 — QinetiQ North America has announced that it has added a two-way communication system that allows operators of its Talon remote-operated vehicle (ROV) to hear what’s going on around the robot and speak directly to those near it. Current versions of the ROVs carry optional cameras and a variety of graspers…

Battery Project Extends Life of Bomb Disposal Robots
06/09/09 — ARLINGTON, Va. – Safe removal of roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is critical in hostile environments. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) crews often rely on remotely operated robots to disarm explosives – and the Office of Naval Research has just made their job a little easier. In just seven…




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