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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…

Rockwell Collins Nav System Selected for AeroVironment’s Global Observer Unmanned Aircraft
01/22/09 — For their liquid hydrogen-powered Global Observer Unmanned Aircraft System, designed to operate in the stratosphere for up to seven days without landing, AeroVironment will make use of Rockwell Collins’ Athena 411 Inertial Navigation, Global Positioning, Air Data, Attitude, Heading, Reference System (INS/GPS/ADAHRS). The Rockwell Collins Athena 411 Inertial Navigation, Global…

ReconRobotics Wins 2008 Innovation Award from Cygnus Law Enforcement Group
01/05/09 — Recon Scout, a throwable, mobile surveillance robot initially developed at the University of Minnesota, can be used by police and military personnel to get inside information about dangerous or hostile environments. ReconRobotics, Inc. announced that it has been awarded the 2008 Innovation Award from Cygnus Law Enforcement Group, publisher of…

Popular Science Magazine Honors Black-i Robotics’ ‘Landshark UGV
11/30/08 — Popular Science Magazine names Black-i Robotics ‘Landshark’ unmanned ground vehicle as one of the Top 100 Tech Innovations of the Year.  Landshark, which is less expensive that other UGVs in its class, can accommodate many different types of payloads. Black-I Robotics’ Landshark robotic unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) used for Defense…

U.S. Army Awards Northrop Grumman Contract to Procure and Modify UAVs
11/08/08 — $97M contract win calls for the delivery of deliver 12 Hunter MQ-5B UAVs plus control stations. The U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman a $97 million contract to procure, modify and deliver 12 Hunter MQ-5B Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs); six One-System Block II ground control stations; eight tactical common data link,…

AAI’s One System Ground Control Station (OSGCS) Automatically Launches and Lands Sky Warrior
11/02/08 — AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that its One System Ground Control Station (OSGCS) has demonstrated successful automatic takeoff and landing of the U.S.  Army’s extended range/multi-purpose (ER/MP) Sky Warrior unmanned aircraft system (UAS).  Three successful automatic landings occurred during test…

National Center for Defense Robotics Announces Receipt of Federal Government Navy Contract Awards
10/28/08 — The NCDR has awarded a grant to four companies to perform research and development of advanced robotic systems as well as to conduct research and development on small to mid-sized unmanned vehicles. The National Center for Defense Robotics (NCDR), an initiative of The Technology Collaborative, today announced that it recently…




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