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AAI’s Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Flies 100,000th Mission
11/06/09 — Ongoing system enhancements, including new lithium battery, electronic fuel injection engine and a new fuel delivery system, boost performance and reliability of unmanned aircraft system. AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that its Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS) have completed…

RE2 Awarded Contract to Deliver Solution for VBIED Defeat
11/02/09 — Developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems wins a contract through the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office to develop a modular reconnaissance manipulator for reconnaissance tasks for Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED). RE2, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a Broad Agency Announcement contract with the Combating Terrorism Technical…

ReconRobotics Introduces Throwable, Mobile Search and Rescue Device
11/01/09 — Weighing 1.3 lbs and only 8 inches long, Recon Scout Rescue will provide immediate reconnaissance of confined and dangerous environments. ReconRobotics, Inc. announced the introduction of the Recon Scout Rescue, a miniature reconnaissance device that will allow search-and-rescue personnel to conduct immediate visual reconnaissance of confined spaces and dangerous indoor…

Northrop Grumman Opens New Facilities for Design and Manufacture of Unmanned Ground Vehicles
10/20/09 — The Coventry facilities, the development site for Northrop Grumman’s Wheelbarrow and CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicles, have been expanded and enhanced to better support design and manufacturing, training and demonstration. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) officially opened its newly extended UK facilities for the design, manufacture and technical support of the company’s…

Membership in Robotics Technology Consortium Doubles in the First Year
10/13/09 — Founded to improve ground robotics technology acquisition process and investment planning, the Robotics Technology Consortium, a non-profit, supporting organization of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), who also acts as an administrative agent for the RTC. Doubles its membership in one year. The second annual member meeting of the…

Novint Awarded Military R&D Subcontract to Give Robots the Sense of Touch
10/13/09 — Developer of gaming consoles receives a subcontract from iRobot for “Remote Touch Kit” for PackBot unmanned ground vehicles that will allow soldiers to feel the actions of unmanned ground robots. Novint Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NVNT) today announced it has been awarded a subcontract with iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) for a…

GE Aviation Delivers First X 47B Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Landing Gear
10/12/09 — Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program takes a step forward with release of a fully dressed production landing gear system ready for first flight. GE Aviation recently delivered the first fully-dressed landing gear to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) in support of the X-47B Navy Unmanned Combat…

Northrop Grumman’s Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System Fielded With Automatic Takeoff and Landing System
10/05/09 — Second generation Hunter UAS, the MQ-5B, now equipped with an ATLS, successfully completes its first launch and recovery. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has equipped and fielded its Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with an Automatic Takeoff and Landing System (ATLS) to the Army’s UAS Training Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where…

AML Communications Receives Contract for Microwave Amplifiers for Northrop Grumman UAVs
10/05/09 — Manufacturer amplifiers and integrated assemblies for the defense industry, receives $220,000 order for microwave amplifiers to be deployed in a Northrop Grumman Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Program. AML Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: AMLJ), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of amplifiers and integrated assemblies for the defense industry, announced it has received…

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,…




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