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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…

A Drone for Defense and Safety
06/08/09 — Drones, known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have proven to be of great value in military operations, but so far, their advantages have not been fully exploited for civilian uses. In civil life, drones are mainly used in the agriculture sector – for assessing how well crops are growing in…

ReconRobotics Awarded $1.35 Million Contract By The U.S. Army
06/03/09 — ReconRobotics, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army for 150 of its Recon Scout® IR miniature reconnaissance robots. ReconRobotics will begin making deliveries on the $1,350,000 contract in May 2009. All of these Recon Scout IR robots will be manufactured in St. Paul, Minnesota.…

AAI Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Complete a Successful Simultaneous Flight Demonstration
05/18/09 — AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that it has flown three of its small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) simultaneously at the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range. This demonstration with Flint Hills Solutions LLC took place in conjunction with the 2009…

Military Will Make Robotics Industry a Giant, if Robot Makers Can Keep Up
04/15/09 — The U.S. military has been one of the most enthusiastic and lucrative supporters of the robotics industry for decades and will continue to be so, according to Joseph Dyer, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral and current president of iRobot Corp.’s government and industrial robots division. But if the robotics…

Army Buys 27 ROVs for Underwater Inspections
03/04/09 — SeaBotix Inc.  has landed a $1.9 million contract by the U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for the purchase of 27 of the company’s LBV150SE-5 deep-water remote-operated vehicles. The units are designed to be easy to use, remote-controlled underwater explorers, specially designed in models suited for differing depths and…




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