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Robotics

Cyborg Cockroaches Step Up to the Microphone

November 6, 2014
George I. Seffers

NC State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.

Performing Open-Heart Surgery on Pacific Fleet Systems

November 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

As the U.S. Navy modernizes information systems across the fleet, one organization is responsible for researching, developing and fielding the full range of technologies in the Asia-Pacific region, providing complete life cycle development and support for systems, from concept to fielded capability.

NATO Fishes for Data with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

October 2, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Multiple autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with modern sensors relevant to NATO minehunting missions are being employed at sea during the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14), held September 22 to October 13, 2014, along the Italian coast, between Framura and Bonassola, in the Ligurian Sea.

Multiple Firms Awarded Counter-IED Contracts

September 17, 2014

Advanced Reconnaissance Corporation, Fishkill, New York (W911QX-14-D-0007); Applied Research Associates Incorporated, Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0008); A-T Solutions Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0009); CyPhy Works Incorporated, Danvers, Massachusetts (W911QX-14-D-0010); EFW Incorporated, Ft. Worth, Texas (W911QX-14-D-0011); L-3 Communications Corporation, Camden, New Jersey (W911QX-14-D-0012); NIITEK Incorporated, Dulles, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0013); Primal Innovation LLC, Sanford, Florida (W911QX-14-D-0014); QinetiQ Incorporated, Centreville, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0015); Robo-Team NA Incorporated, Bethesda, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0016); Advanced Technology Systems Company Incorporated (of Virginia), McLean, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0017); Applied Research Associates Incorporated, Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0018); iRobot Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts (W911QX-14-D-0019); K2 Solutions Incorporated, Southern Pines, North Carolina (W911QX-14-D-0020); Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies L.C., Orem, Utah (W911QX-14-D-0021); QinetiQ Incorporated, Centreville, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0023); Robo-Team NA Incorporated, Bethesda, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0024); Stolar Research Corporation, Rio Rancho, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0026); Science and Engineering Services LLC, Columbia, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0025); and Pearson Engineering Ltd., Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain (W911QX-14-D-0022), were collectively awarded a ceiling $49,497,158 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, multi-year contract for the Army Research Lab/Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Culvert Denial Challenge program. The contract covers the initial task order challenge event through possible future testing, development and deployment. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Micro
 Robotics 
Research Pays Off

September 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army is preparing—for the first time—to develop and field micro robotic systems under programs of record, indicating confidence that the technology has matured and years of research are paying off. The small systems will provide individual soldiers and squads with critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in jungles, buildings and caves that larger systems can’t reach.

RoboSubs Transform from Toys to Warfighter Tools

August 8, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Navy competition launches technology innovation and student careers.

Remotec to Repair and Upgrade Robots

July 30, 2014

Remotec, Clinton, Tennessee, is being awarded an $8,801,324 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot level repairs to the MK3 Series Remote Ordnance Neutralization Systems (RONS), and the upgrade and repair of the MK3 Mod 0 to the MK3 Mod 1 System. The MK3 Mod 1 upgrade will improve the serviceability of the robots, increase the availability of the spare parts and increase the capabilities of the robots. In situations where it is economically infeasible to upgrade or repair the MK3 Mod 0 system, the option to purchase a new RONS MK3 Mod 1 for replacement will be available under a new contract. The contract includes a one-year base period with four one-year options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $12,355,953. Work will be performed in Clinton, Tennessee, and is expected to be completed by August 2019. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00174-14-D-0027).

U.S. Marines Assess Robotic Systems in Jungle Environment

July 16, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab wraps up experiments testing multiple systems, including robots, radios and ship-to-shore transporters in Hawaii.

U.S. Army Seeks Lightweight Common Robotic System

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Responses to request for information are due August 15.

Slowing Down Rapid Acquisition

August 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

With the war in Afghanistan winding down, the U.S. Defense Department’s rapid deployment office, which specializes in identifying, developing and quickly fielding game-changing technologies, now will take a more long-term approach. Slightly stretching out the process will offer more flexibility to procure the best possible systems, will present more opportunities for interagency and international cooperation and may cut costs.

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