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RoboDevelopment 2008 Call for Presentations Announced
05/20/08 — Dear Robotics Professional, Here is your opportunity to present at the world’s leading technical design and development event for commercial class personal, service and mobile robots and robotic technology… ROBODEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION The International Design and Development Event for the Personal, Service and Mobile Robotics Industry November 18-19, 2008…

Meeting the Increased Demand for Military Robots:  An Interview With Foster -Miller’s Bob Quinn
04/22/08 — What’s next for military unmanned ground vehicles?  According to Bob Quinn, General Manager, TALON Operations, Foster-Miller, a variety of form factors, increased autonomy and a single point of control for multiple robots.  Oh, and one other thing - there will be many, many more of them. Foster-Miller, a QinetiQ North…

Technest Holdings Receives Air Force SBIR Grant to Develop “SpectralBird” Imaging System for UAVs
03/17/08 — 3D imaging company Technest Holdings has been awarded Phase I SBIR grant from the US Air Force to develop a low-power, small sized, day/night sensor named ‘SpectralBird’.  Because of its small size and low power requirements, the SpectralBird technology is expected to find use in small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)…

Killer Military Robots Pose Latest Threat to Humanity
03/14/08 — Noel Sharkey, a robotics expert at the University of Sheffield issued a issue stark warning during a keynote address to the Royal United Services Institute concerning the threat posed to humanity by new robot weapons being developed by powers worldwide. According to Sharkey, dropping prices and increasing sophistication of military…

Rockwell Collins to Acquire Athena Technologies, Inc. to Strengthen UAV Capabilities
03/10/08 — Athena Technologies, 10-year-old technology company which sells guidance control and navigation systems for unmanned aircraft, as agreed to be acquired by Rockwell Collins, a producer of aviation electronics. Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) today announced its intent to acquire Athena Technologies, Inc., a privately held company that develops and provides…

NAVSEA Exercises Expanded Options in Contract for Bluefin
03/06/08 — Bluefin Robotics, a leading Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) manufacturer, has announced that the Naval Sea Systems Command, Indian Head Division has exercised an option in a previously awarded contract for the Bluefin-9 series AUV.  With a potential value of $29 million, the contract outlines procurement of AUV systems, support equipment,…

General Dynamics Awarded $40 Million Army Contract to Produce Robotic Security Vehicles
02/26/08 — The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics Robotic Systems an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a total potential value of $40 million for production of the robotic Mobile Detection and Assessment and Response System (MDARS). General Dynamics Robotic Systems is a part of General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Mich.),…

U.S. Army Installs JTRS-Approved Falcon III Radios from Harris Corporation into UAVs
02/26/08 — New Application Significantly Extends Communications Distances Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is providing its JTRS-approved Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) handheld radios to the U.S. Army to extend the communications capabilities of soldiers serving in mountainous and urban environments. The Army is installing Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) radios…

AeroVironment Awarded $45.8 Million Contract Option for Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Su
02/21/08 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leader in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems, announced that the U.S. Army has ordered additional RQ-11B (Raven) small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services by the exercise of an option under an existing contract.  Each Raven system typically consists of…

Lockheed Martin Agrees to Acquire UGV Navigation Software Company PercepTek
02/21/08 — Lockheed Martin Corporation has acquired PercepTek, Inc., a Colorado-based provider of advanced autonomous software technologies. Terms of the transaction, which will not have a material impact on the Corporation, were not disclosed. PercepTek is a privately owned company that has developed software solutions for autonomous navigation for unmanned ground vehicles,…

Dr. Patrick Rowe Joins RE2, Inc. as Vice President of Research and Development
01/30/08 — RE2, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems, announced today that it has hired Dr. Patrick Rowe as the Vice President of Research and Development. In this role, Dr. Rowe is responsible for overseeing the technical direction of RE2’s robotics research and development projects, generating new business opportunities,…

Report Reflects Future for Military’s Unmanned Systems
01/14/08 — By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service A new Defense Department report reflects military needs and goals in acquiring improved unmanned systems during the decades ahead, a senior official told Pentagon reporters. Titled, “Unmanned Systems Roadmap: 2007-2032,” the report looks at how the U.S. military should proceed in developing,…

Technest Holdings Receives Funding to Develop Real-Time Multiple Target Tracking System
12/13/07 — Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: TCNH), a world-class 3D imaging company transforming state-of-the-art technology into real world products, announced that it has received a second-year grant of $356,000 for an SBIR Phase II program to continue developing its SmartMTI multiple target tracking system with real-time capabilities for the United States Army…

RE2 Awarded SBIR Grant to Design a Robotic Nursing Assistant
12/13/07 — RE2, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems, announced that it was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract grant (contract number W81XWH-08-C-0023) on October 17, 2007 by the U.S. Army s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to design a Robotic Nursing Assistant…

NAVSEA Awards Bluefin Phase Funding in Hull Inspection Contract
12/13/07 — The Naval Sea Systems Command, Indian Head Division has awarded Bluefin Robotics Corporation funding for further development of Bluefin’s unique Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) as part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Vehicle Localization System (EOD HULS) contract. Having participated successfully in the Demonstration Phase of the contract,…

Military and Commercial MicroUAV Efforts Picking Up Worldwide
12/07/07 — Like their big brother counterparts, unmanned aerial vehicles, Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or MicroUAVs, are expanding into many different markets.  Both MicroUAV research efforts and deployments are increasing. by John P. Desmond It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a MicroUAV.  A micro unmanned aerial vehicle. A fair amount…

Don’t Send a Man to Do a Machine’s Job
12/07/07 — Scenario: It’s spring 2008 and a supply convoy of U.S. civilian trucks guarded by armored Humvees and huge armored trucks called MRAPs proceeds north out of Kuwait on Main Supply Route (MSR) ‘A’.  Bridges have been blown up and the convoy is routed along the edge of a town when…

Raytheon Purchases Sarcos’ Robotics Technologies
11/21/07 — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has acquired the robotics technologies and capabilities of Sarcos. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sarcos researches and develops technologies in the advanced field of micro-electro mechanical systems. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “With Sarcos we are gaining world-renowned research and development capabilities in…




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