Robotics

November 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers
Northrop Grumman Corporation's X-47B is one contender for the U.S. Navy's carrier-based UAV program. The program is important to industry because it is currently the only large UAV platform being developed by the U.S. military.

The next five years will be as exciting as the last decade--but in a different way.

Unmanned vehicles will undergo an array of changes in the coming years brought about by the war in Afghanistan winding down, budgets tightening and the national strategy shifting toward the Asia-Pacific region. Adjustments may include the retirement of some unmanned air systems, a stronger focus on refining existing unmanned planes rather than fielding new ones and increased research and development of land and maritime technologies.

October 5, 2012
By Max Cacas

A smart robot with the ability to work side-by-side with human warfighters is the goal of a new Army Research Laboratory (ARL) program involving industry and academia.

At the heart of ARL’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) is $63.2 million in funding designed to advance basic research in key areas linked to the development of autonomous robots, according to Jon Bornstein, chief of ARL’s Autonomous Systems Division and manager for the RCTA.

March 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

March 2008
By Rita Boland

 
The Crusher unmanned ground combat vehicle (UGCV) performs during a field test. When raised, the long mast enables surveillance capabilities.
Organization focuses on building and testing prototypes quickly and including program sponsors earlier in the process.

March 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

May 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

A cluster of robots races across the desert in this artists’concept from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The ability of robots to operate autonomously in diverse conditions will rely on advances in perception capabilities, according to a National Research Council report.

Seeing is believing if robots are to perform up to par.

May 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 

The RoboLobster prototype is about two feet long, has eight legs and weighs about seven pounds on land.

Researchers learn lessons from nature.

May 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 

The Red Team’s vehicle traveled 7.4 miles, veered off course and was wedged on an obstacle.

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