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The Leading Manufacturers of Military Robots at-a-Glance
03/20/13 — This is an overview of leading manufacturers of military robots compiled in March 2013 by the Global Robotics Brain. The Global Robotics Brain is a product that business intelligence consultant, Wolfgang Heller, started to keep track of the robotsphere. Inspired by Google's PageRank, Heller asked himself: Could he use a similar approach…

DARPA Aims to Launch UAVs from Small Ships
03/13/13 — Effective 21st-century warfare requires the ability to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock. Current technologies, however, have their limitations. Helicopters are relatively limited in the distance and flight time. Fixed-wing manned and unmanned aircraft can fly farther and longer but require…

Navy’s UAV Converts from Helicopter to Fixed Wing Aircraft in Mid-Air
02/27/13 — The Naval Research Lab has a patented technology that allows a UAV to switch between helicopter and fixed wing modes mid-flight. Call it a transformer UAV, call it Michael Bay's dream drone, or call it the Stop-Rotor Rotary Wing Aircraft, which is actually what it's called. Here’s the description at the…

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Autonomous Squad Vehicle’s Field Readiness
02/21/13 — Lockheed Martin has completed a successful demonstration for the Army designed to show that its robotic squad support vehicle can be controlled via satellite from hundreds of miles away. In a recent demonstration at Camp Grayling, Mich., the company's Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) autonomous vehicle conducted several battlefield surveillance operations using beyond…

Recon Robotics Named One of World’s Most Innovative Companies
02/14/13 — Edina-based ReconRobotics announced today that it has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine. Inventor of the tactical micro-robot and a major supplier of robotic technologies to military units and law enforcement agencies, worldwide, ReconRobotics was ranked 44th on the list of honorees,…

The Black Hornet: A Drone for Every Soldier
02/06/13 — The Black Hornet is only four inches long (about 10 centimeters), and weighs just 16 grams, but it will happily carry a pan-and-tilt camera that streams video back to a base station. In a military with an emphasis on big expensive robots like predator drones and PackBots, we're starting to see a different…

Bluefin Robotics Completes Custom Knifefish Design for Naval Research Laboratory
01/31/13 — Renowned underwater-robotics manufacturer, Bluefin Robotics, has announced it will produce a variation of its Knifefish UUV (unmanned underwater vehicle) for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The Knifefish model is a specialized Bluefin-21 UUV, and will be developed for the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle program. Bluefin is under subcontract…

DARPA’s Upward Falling Payloads Program Aims to House Robots on Sea Floor
01/22/13 — The ocean is a big place, and DARPA wants to fill it with robots. All of it. Because rather than having to sendrobots to whatever part of the ocean you want to have robots in, wouldn't it just be much easier of robots were there already? Sure it would! Yes, it's impractical, and…

UN Debates Flying UAVs Over Congo
01/16/13 — Should the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban ki-Moon, get his way, a newcomer will appear in the skies over eastern Congo. He has asked the Security Council to approve unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, for use in the troubled region. Supporters of their use, including the…

New Research in Robotic Jumping Could Extend the Life of Search and Rescue Robots
01/10/13 — A new study shows that jumping can be much more complicated than it might seem. In research that could extend the range of future rescue and exploration robots, scientists have found that hopping robots could dramatically reduce the amount of energy they use by adopting a unique two-part “stutter jump.” Taking…

DARPA’s UAV Flies with a Smart Robotic Arm
01/03/13 — DARPA recently demonstrated emplacing a payload on a UAV using a vision-driven robotic arm. MLB Co.’s V-Bat UAV, which has both hover and horizontal flight capability, made the delivery of a payload using an arm designed to carry up to one pound.  The aircraft used a low-cost vision system to…

Berkeley May Create First ‘No Drone Zone’ in U.S.
12/26/12 — The city of Berkeley, Calif., this week took the first steps toward a ban on drones as the autonomous aircraft deployed in the war on terrorism are being embraced for local law enforcement. The debate over creating a No Drone Zone in this famously left-wing stronghold is likely to be…

DARPA Exhibits Alpha Dog’s Latest Upgrades
12/19/12 — 2inSDARPA showed off some of the Legged Squad Support System's (LS3) new functionality in a YouTube video posted today. First off, the sound of the LS3's motor has been toned down to a reasonable 70 decibels — about the same as a vacuum cleaner or car, and a significant improvement…

Two Rugged, Long Endurance UAVs Unveiled by CyPhy Works
12/12/12 — Danvers, Massachusetts-based CyPhy Works, a new robotics company, the other day unveiledtwo revolutionary small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs): EASE and PARC. The Extreme Access System for Entry (EASE) is an indoor flying UAVto help police, soldiers, and inspectors remain at safe standoff distances.EASE boasts the long endurance, GPS denied navigation, and portability needed to act as a forward remote presence for…

DoD Issues New Directive on Use of Autonomous Drones
12/05/12 — The U.S. Defense Department has issued a new directive on the use of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems, an attempt to regulate a technology that officials say could be years from becoming reality. The directive, released Nov. 27, is focused on systems that can select and engage targets without the…

Toshiba Debuts Robot for Nuclear Disasters with Mixed Results
11/28/12 — Toshiba Corp. has developed a robot it says can withstand high radiation to work in nuclear disasters, but it's not clear what exactly the robot is capable of doing if and when it gets the go-ahead to enter Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The four-legged robot can climb over…

Clearpath Robotics Receives Federal Funds for Next Gen Navigational Brain
11/19/12 — Two growing Kitchener technology companies, Clearpath Robotics and Miovision Technologies, received more $300,000 in federal funding on Tuesday. Clearpath Robotics, which specializes in the design and manufacture of unmanned robot vehicles, was launched in 2009 and now employs 25 people. It got over $200,000, about half of which comes from…

U.S. Navy Ramps Up Robot Deployment in the Persian Gulf
11/15/12 — The United States Navy is rushing more of the newest unmanned mine-clearing technology to the Persian Gulf while creating two new sets of crews to operate minesweepers in the region, Navy officials said Wednesday. The effort is intended to balance a renewed American emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region while sustaining…




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