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RoboRoo: Leap-Ahead Technology

April 14, 2014
George I. Seffers

The BionicKangaroo mimics the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump. The kangaroobot intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system.

Remotec Unveils Next-Generation Robot

October 19, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
The Titus unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is smaller, lighter, faster and smarter than its predecessors in the Andros family of systems. Titus weighs 135 pounds and measures 27 inches long, 16 inches wide and 23 inches high. It retains the four-articulator design common to Andros vehicles and also features a unique operator control unit with a hybrid touch-screen and game system-style physical controls.
 
The Andros operating system provides greater information to the operator while easing user workload through more interactivity with intelligent payloads, such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear sensors. It also includes preset arm positions and the ability to more easily manipulate objects.
 
Titus was designed using a modular approach, which allows the robot to be adapted for a variety of mission scenarios. Removable articulators, wheels and tracks provide users with the capability to navigate passageways that are only 16 inches wide or race toward a threat at a top speed of 7.5 miles per hour. Industry standard interfaces such as Universal Serial Bus and Ethernet make it easier for users to maintain and upgrade Titus and to incorporate payloads and sensors.
 
The system was unveiled this week by Remotec Incorporated, Clinton, Tennessee, a Northrop Grumman Corporation subsidiary. Remotec is a Northrop Grumman subsidiary.

Printing 3D Bridges

August 23, 2012
By George Seffers

A group of architects at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia have created a solar-powered, eco-friendly, robotic, 3D printer capable of building bridges and other structures from soil and a liquid binder. Known as the Stone Spray Project, the endeavor pushes the boundaries of digitial manufacturing and on-site fabrication machines.

Australia Selects Dragon Runner Robot for Military Missions

January 6, 2012
By George Seffers

QinetiQ, Reston, Virginia, recently today announced that the Dragon Runner 20 (DR20) robot has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence to support military robotic missions. DR20 provides situational awareness and critical information and also can disrupt threats and deploy countermeasures.

U.S. Army Modifies Robotics Office Support Contract

May 27, 2011
By George Seffers

Qualis Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $12 million contract modification to increase the total dollar ceiling for technical support services to the program executive office for the Ground Combat Systems Robotics Systems Joint Project Office. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

Foster-Miller Provides Man Transportable Robotic System

October 1, 2010
By George Seffers

Foster-Miller Incorporated, Waltham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $71 million contract modification for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) production systems, depot-level repair parts, spare kits, depot repair services, parts supply, training, engineering enhancements, configuration management and approved accessories. The MTRS is a small robotic vehicle used by explosive ordnance disposal technicians to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe, and/or dispose of explosive devices. The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

iRobot to Deliver MTRS to U.S. Navy Under $20 Million Contract

July 23, 2010
By George Seffers

iRobot Corp., Bedford, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $20 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System production systems, depot level repair parts, spare kits, and depot repair services.  Explosive ordnance disposal technicians use the small robotic vehicle to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe and/or dispose of explosive devices.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin to Test Robotic Exoskeleton for Soldiers

July 14, 2010
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin has received a $1.1 million contract from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center for test and evaluation of its next-generation HULC, an advanced robotic exoskeleton, designed to augment soldiers' strength and endurance, as well as reduce load carriage injuries. Under this contract, the Army will test Lockheed's advanced ruggedized HULC design, which includes optimized control software, extended battery life and human factors improvements for quicker and easier sizing to each user.

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