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Robot Bomb Squads Challenged at the Western National Robot Rodeo
08/28/13 — No, it doesn’t involve any tasseled cowboys (roboboys?) trying to stay seated on a bucking BigDog. Nor is there any prize for roping a speeding cheetah-bot in the shortest amount of time. Still, the annual Western National Robot Rodeo has plenty of events, and while they might be quite the family-friendly content…

Flying Cargo Carrier in the Works
08/21/13 — At the AUVSI trade show last week, we spent most of our time wandering around looking for robots that weren't just slightly different flavors of quadrotors, or little airplanes with cameras on them. Things weren't as wacky and awesome as they have been in past years (possibly because the market…

Robots Learn Air-to-Air Refuelling
08/14/13 — The Pentagon killer-boffin agency DARPA (the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) has made another move forward in its plan to replace all US military humans with robots. The latest trick the droids have learned is that of flying a plane during air-to-air refuelling. Air-to-air refuelling, in which a military aircraft…

Russian Armored Military Vehicle is Virtually Silent
07/31/13 — MOSCOW, July 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s Military-Industrial Company has developed and tested a hybrid-powered silent armored personnel carrier (APC) that could eventually be remotely operated, a company spokesman said Tuesday. The Krymsk APC, based on the BTR-90 Rostok vehicle, has a hybrid engine and can move virtually silently on…

NASA’s New Robot Moves Like a Monkey
07/24/13 — Researchers at Boston Dynamics have designed one of the most advanced humanoids ever to compete in DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a decidedly different, and more primitive, approach. Like with the country's first space explorers, NASA is once again turning to primates with its surprisingly capable RoboSimian. Designed…

Boston Dynamics Creates the ATLAS Disaster-Response Robot for DARPA
07/16/13 — At six-foot-two and 330 pounds, this hulking first responder has all the qualities you'd want in the field after a disaster:  strength, endurance and calm under pressure. Better yet, it has two sets of hands, 28 hydraulic joints, stereo cameras in its head and an onboard computer. The ATLAS humanoid robot,…

Left on the Tarmac: UAVs at the 50th Paris Air Show
07/11/13 — As the 50th Paris Air Show opened June 17th, the Teal Group published a market report putting some impressive numbers to a trend long anticipated by aerospace industry professionals—UAVs are going to be big. According to the study, UAV sales will jump from a $5.2 billion annual industry to $11.6 billion, amounting to…

DARPA Challenge Software Could Revolutionize Robotics
07/02/13 — The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the most ambitious robot competition in history, cleared a key milestone June 27th. The Pentagon’s research wing announced the results of the Virtual Robotics Challenge, a five-day-long qualification event during which 26 teams from around the world directed a humanoid robot to complete astonishingly difficult tasks, with…

The Robots of War
06/25/13 — Here are just a few of the robots assigned to the U.S. Army’s last combat brigade in Afghanistan: Tractor-size robots that trawl ahead of foot patrols, probing for buried bombs. Smaller ‘bots that help blow up the uncovered incendiary devices. Unmanned aerial vehicles — from tiny, hand-thrown models to a high-endurance version…

India Commits to Robotic Soldiers
06/12/13 — NEW DELHI: With futuristic warfare in mind, India is working to develop robotic soldiers as part of efforts to boost unmanned fighting capabilities, joining a select group of countries in this endeavour. Under the project being undertaken by DRDO, robots would be developed with very high level of intelligence to…

iRobot IED Hunters Get “Batwing” Update
06/03/13 — There is one universal truth when dealing with explosive ordnance disposal: the farther away, the better. The Army’s EOD iRobot 310 SUGV has helped soldiers successfully detect improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan, but a new attachment known as the “batwing” is helping them do it from a safer distance. A…

International Arms Manufacturers Tap into Growing Drone Market
05/30/13 — On a sprawling complex just outside Pretoria, South Africa, a government-owned arms manufacturer is preparing to test an armed drone that it hopes to begin selling soon to governments around the world. The company, Denel Dynamics, says the armed version of the Seeker 400, which will carry two laser-guided missiles,…

Brazilian Government Places $7.2M Order for Security Robots
05/23/13 — The Brazilian government says some of the security robots bought to improve public safety during the 2014 World Cup will be ready for the Confederations Cup in June. The company iRobot says the 30 robots would be delivered by the end of the year, along with spares and other support…

Northrop Grumman X-47B Makes UAV History
05/14/13 — The U.S. Navy launched an unmanned, autonomous aircraft the size of a fighter jet from a warship for the first time today, a development that could herald the end of Top Gun-style piloted air combat missions. The X-47B drone is the first designed to operate an aircraft carrier, which allows…

The Real Impact of Robotics on the Defense Budget
05/09/13 — Given the tremendous advancements taking place in the field of robotics right now, the increased use of robot soldiers by the Pentagon seems all but inevitable — drastically altering the way the United States wages war. But the rise of robots will have an even broader impact on the way the…

Unmanned Cargo Helicopter Faces Uncertain Future
05/02/13 — While Marines have heaped praise on the K-MAX unmanned cargo system, its future as a potential program of record remains uncertain.Fielded after an urgent request from the military, the Lockheed Martin/Kaman Aerospace Corp. helicopter has been in Afghanistan for 18 months and heralded as a lifesaver.“The performance from this aircraft…

Northrop Grumman Launches CUTLASS, Next Generation Unmanned Ground Vehicle
04/23/13 — LONDON, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has launched CUTLASS, its latest generation unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), expanding its range of industry-leading capabilities in unmanned systems for the remote handling and surveillance of hazardous threats. CUTLASS has been designed, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman in the U.K., and includes significant advances in…

DARPA to Program Robots Without Traditional Coding
04/18/13 — National Defense Magazine’s Sandra Erwin explored the “physical intelligence” program this week, a research and development initiative launched back in 2009 in order to “to understand intelligence as a physical phenomenon and to make the first demonstration of the principle in electronic and chemical systems,” according to the Defense Department’s original solicitation.…




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