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Textron Systems and RE2, Inc. Enter Mentor-Protégé Program
12/04/06 — RE2, Inc. (Robotics Engineering Excellence), a woman-owned Carnegie Mellon spin-off company specializing in mobile defense robotics, and Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and provider of innovative global aerospace and defense technology solutions, announced that the companies have been accepted into the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé…

Goodrich Awarded Contract to Develop Shortwave Infrared Sensor Onboard Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
12/04/06 — Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) has been awarded a contract from the U. S. Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battlelab (UAVB) at Nellis Air Force Base in Nev. to develop and fabricate a shortwave infrared (IR) sensor for the Spectre-Finder initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to rapidly demonstrate the…

QinetiQ Completes World’s First In-Flight Demo of Multiple Unmanned Aircraft Autonomy System
12/04/06 — QinetiQ has successfully completed the world’s first flight demonstration of a system capable of controlling and autonomously organising multiple unmanned aircraft. The successful flight trial was conducted to support the concept of using a package of self-organising unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) under the control of an operator flying in a…

iRobot Corp. Sponsors RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition
12/04/06 — Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced that iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) has secured Founding sponsorship of the 4th annual RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, the international business development event for mobile robotics and intelligent systems. The conference and exposition will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston,…

Sagem Défense Sécurité Chosen by France’s DGA to Conduct Study on Future Joint Tactical UAVs
11/29/06 — The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) a contract to conduct a joint VTOL* UAV (DVI) study. It covers the definition study of a VTOL UAV that meets joint Army and Navy needs. The challenge of the DVI study – which lays the base…

RoboBusiness Call for Presentations
11/28/06 — Robotics Trends invites you to submit a session abstract to be considered for presentation at RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, to be held May 15-16, 2007 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA. Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 Conference Description: Robotics Trends’ RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition is the only industry event…

Robotics Trends, Inc. Announces 4th Annual RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition
11/27/06 — Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo announced the 4th annual RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, the international business development event for mobile robotics and intelligent systems. The conference and exposition will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on May 15-16, 2007. The event website is http://www.roboevent.com. According…

Center for Defense Robotics Awards Federally-Funded Robotics Technology Development Projects
11/26/06 — * NCDR doubled number of and tripled value of projects it funded in FY 2005 * Four projects involved teaming PA-based companies and/or universities with entities outside PA The National Center for Defense Robotics (NCDR), an initiative of The Technology Collaborative, today announced that during the Federal Government Fiscal Year…

Technest Engaged by Army to Develop System to Optimize Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Performance Tracking
11/06/06 — Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:TCNH), a defense and homeland security company, announced today that it was selected by the U.S. Army to develop and prototype a real-time motion tracking Video-Moving Target Indicator ("MTI") surveillance algorithm, SmartMTI. The SmartMTI system will be able to successfully detect, extract and track the locations and…

Oshkosh Truck Awarded $1 Million from Defense Advanced Research Projects to Advance UGV Technology
11/04/06 — Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK] announced the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company a contract to further develop unmanned ground vehicle technology in preparation for the third DARPA robotic competition, the Urban Challenge. DARPA granted the technology development award based on the merits of an extensive…

BAE Systems Completes Acquisition of National Sensor Systems
10/20/06 — BAE Systems completed its acquisition of Acton, Mass.-based National Sensor Systems following receipt of regulatory approval. With the $8.7 million cash transaction, BAE Systems adds advanced competencies in its remote sensing, photonics and laser communications technologies. “National Sensor Systems has nationally recognized expertise in delivering highly advanced electro-optical systems”, said…

Additional $20M in TALON Robots and Parts Ordered for Robot Hospitals in Iraq/Afghanistan
10/15/06 — The funds have been released from a $63.4 million IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract with the Navy - one of two that Foster-Miller has for TALON robots and replacement parts. “Robot hospitals” in Iraq and Afghanistan fix TALON robots damaged by defusing or destroying IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and…

Object Management Group Joins RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as Premier Sponsor
10/01/06 — Trends and IDG World Expo today announced that the Object Management Group has joined the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as the Premier Association Co-Sponsor. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition (http://www.robodevelopment.com) will be held December 12-13, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara California. “I am delighted that the…

Global Hawk Shows Valuable Demand
09/03/06 — The Global Hawk unmanned aerial system continues to prove its utility and effectiveness in the global war on terror, having flown more than 10,500 flight hours by late July. The Global Hawk achieved 10,000 flight hours in June, with its ratio of combat flying hours to non-combat hours increasing to…

EOS Awards Contract To Ultra MSI For Remote Weapon Station Hand Controls
09/02/06 — Under a $418,000 contract with Electro Optic Systems Pty, Canberra, Australia, Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc. (Ultra MSI) is supplying high reliability control grips for use in the U. S. Army’s Common Remote Operated Weapon Station (CROWS). The remote weapon stations are being mounted on Hum-Vees and other smaller army…

BAE Systems Successfully Tests Skylynx II Unmanned Aircraft System
08/14/06 — BAE Systems successfully completed tests on its Skylynx IITM unmanned aircraft system at Yuma Proving Grounds on Aug. 9. During test flights it met key requirements including acoustic performance, endurance, and payload capability for reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition missions. The aircraft was developed to support missions such as those…

Innova & Univ. of South Florida Announce Collaborative Agreement to Accelerate Development
07/11/06 — Innova Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: IVHG), a robotics technology firm providing software and hardware systems to the service, personal, and industrial robot markets, announced that it has entered into an agreement with the University of South Florida (USF), (Tampa, Fla.) College of Engineering to jointly undertake research and development projects in…

LynuxWorks and Objective Interface Team to Deliver Real-Time Embedded Communications Solution
07/10/06 — LynuxWorks™ Inc. today announced that its LynxOS®-178 real-time operating system (RTOS) product now offers complete integration with Objective Interface Systems’ ORBexpress® RT, the most widely deployed commercial-off-the-shelf tools (COTS) Object Request Broker (ORB) for safety-critical military and aerospace systems. ORBexpress RT is a real-time Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA)…




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