micro robot

February 1, 2019
By Stephanie Chenault; Maj. Scott Kinner, USMC (Ret.); and Maj. Kurt Warner, USA (Ret.)
Artificial intelligence (AI) preparation of the battlefield requires rebooting the data discipline from source to sink.

The U.S. Defense Department lags the hype cycle for artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning and implementations like natural language processing by years. It needs to uncover the root causes contributing to this delay and create winning strategies to overcome institutional obstacles to get ahead of industrial partners and adversaries who are further along the adoption curve.

Possessing technology is neither deterministic nor decisive when waging war. The effective employment and deliberate application of technologies to enhance warfighting capabilities implies advantage over an adversary when suitably coupled with offensive and defensive tactics.

January 8, 2019
 

Sydney, Australia and Fall River, Massachusetts-based UUV Aquabotix Ltd. reported on January 2 that it had been awarded a $70,000 contract to support a U.S. Navy project. The project will involve further developments to Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver surface robots. The initial development project will conclude with testing and demonstration to various U.S. Navy personnel, a company official said.

June 14, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island is considering the capabilities of micro aquatic robots, such as this unmanned surface vehicle called SwarmDiver from Aquabotix. Photo credit: Aquabotix

This article was updated on June 18 to reflect new information.

Autonomous vehicles, whether for land, air or sea, are already in use by the military. The services are now looking into what niche devices can provide as far as capabilities.

The U.S. Navy recently entered into a special purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Fall River, Massachusetts and Sydney, Australia-based Aquabotix to examine the possibilities of the company’s micro aquatic robot.

February 15, 2012
By George Seffers

ReconRobotics Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was awarded a $13,975,038 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 1,100 Recon Scout XT micro unmanned ground robots in support of video reconnaissance. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.