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DARPA's Foliage-Penetrating Radar Tested on the A160T Hummingbird. Boeing photo.

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DARPA's Foliage-Penetrating Radar Tested on A160T
IAI Introduces REX, an Infantry Friendly Robot
Black Hawk to Demonstrate Multiple UAV Control
PacBot Operators get the 'Novint Touch'
Hightech Road Warriors
Yellow Jacket Fuses Sensors, UAVs to Hunt IEDs
Lockheed Martin Studies Monocopter Nanu-UAVs
Saab, Ultra Electronics Partner on UAVs
Elbit Systems' Hermes 90 Flies with HFE Engine


DARPA's Foliage-Penetrating Radar Tested on A160T

Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopter successfully completed 20 test flights testing the Foliage Penetration Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER), developed under a DARPA / US Army program. The tests, conducted at Fort Stewart, Ga., validated the radar-carrying A160T's flight characteristics with more than 50 hours of flying time. The new radar will be able to detect and track moving vehicles and dismounted troops under foliage, filling a current surveillance gap. The Army currently has one FORRESTER system installed on an A160T and has plans to acquire four additional systems (read more...) Photo above: Boeing

 


 

IAI Introduces REX, an Infantry Friendly Robot

IAI has unveiled today a compact unmanned ground robotic vehicle designed to support infantry units in combat. The platform, dubbed REX has a useful payload of 200 kg (450 lb), providing logistical sustainment for an infantry team or squad (3-10 soldiers) over a 72 hours mission. IAI expects the international market for such products will evolve over the next years, developing a demand for tens of thousands of units for military and civilian applications. (read more...)

Black Hawk to Demonstrate Multiple UAV Control

As part of an even more advanced operational concept, the Army shortly plans to demonstrate actively controlling up to four unmanned systems from a single helicopter, extending the 'manned-unmanned' option, with every human member of the team controlling multiple unmanned systems. One of the tests being planned by the U.S. Army aviation applied technology lab at Ft. Eustis will rig a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk with equipment to control up to five K-MAX unmanned helicopters performing airborne resupply. (read more...)

PacBot Operators get the 'Novint Touch'

After developing 3D touch controllers for video and computer games, Novint Technologies is moving on to the real world, developing a Remote Touch Kit (RTK) for the PackBot, under contract from the robot manufacturer iRobot. The RTK will enable the robot operator to feel how hard the PackBot's "gripper" squeezes an object, safely pick up and handle fragile objects, and feel when the robot's arm touches a wire or reaches a movement limit. When driving the robot, soldiers will also feel bumps and jerks of the robot, improving performance over rugged terrain. Applying such sensory feedback is expected to reduced task times and operator burden, enhance situational awareness. The contract was awarded by iRobot, as part of project funded by the Secretary of Defense Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise through the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC). (read more...)

Hightech Road Warriors

The Army’s newest acquisition - M-ATV , was displayed in a shining new example at prime contractor’s Oshkosh booth at AUSA 2009 before it is shipped to the dusty war torn battlegrounds of Afghanistan. Nearby, Oshkosh displayed a Technology Demonstrator (TD) hinting about what the future applications of tactical vehicles could be - this M-ATV like vehicle was featuring autonomy, exportable power on demand and all-terrain mobility. The TD is equipped with the TerraMax system, integrating sensors, artificial intelligence and drive-by-wire technology to function in autonomous, leader-follower or manually driven modes. (read more...)

Yellow Jacket Fuses Sensors, UAVs to Hunt IEDs

CenTauri Solutionshas been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to demonstrate an integrated UAV-based counter-IED technology. Known as “Yellow Jacket” the $11.7 million program is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, (AFRL) in Rome, New York. CenTauri will install electro-optical HD imaging and unintentional electromagnetic emissions sensor on the Sciebel Camcopter S-100 vertically take off and landing vehicle, to demonstrate how these systems could interoperate detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs). (read more...)

 


Flight testing of a mono-wing rotorcraft (monocopter) micro-UAV design developed at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Labs. This mono-wing rotorcraft, based on previous work the company's maple seed Nano-Air Vehicle program the company explored under the DARPA NAV program.

Lockheed Martin Studies Monocopter Nanu-UAVs

Despite the fact that its proposal for Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) was not selected by DARPA, Lockheed Martin continues research and development in the field. Scientists at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs performed flight testing of a mono-wing rotorcraft (monocopter) micro-UAV design. This aerial vehicle was inspired by previous design known as the 'samara' maple seed Nano-Air Vehicle' the company explored under the DARPA NAV program. The current model used for the development of flight controls, is ten times larger than the pocket sized maple seed (that measured only 7.5cm). Once developed, the Samara could be used for the surveillance of indoor spaces. The next phase will be using a scaled-down model, with a wing span of 20-30cm, scheduled to fly by year's end. (read more...)

In 2007 Novint Technologies and Sandia labs developed the first controller to make high-fidelity, interactive three-dimensional touch possible and practical for consumer computing applications. Watch a detailed presentation video by Novint CEO.

Saab, Ultra Electronics Partner on UAVs

Saab and Ultra Electronics are partnering to offer Vertical Take Off/Landing Unmanned Air Systems (VTOL UAS) for IED-protection, maritime and ground surveillance missions. Saab has been involved in UAS development for more then a decade developing the Skeldar VTOL UAS. The company has recently expanded its systems portfolio with the collaboration agreement signed with the Swiss UAV AG (SUAV). Ultra has also participated in several UAV programs recently, among them Watchkeeper and Fire Shadow Loitering Munition programs.

Elbit Systems' Hermes 90 Flies with HFE Engine

Elbit Systems has recently completed the first flight test of its new Hermes 90 lightweight UAV powered by Heavy Fuel Engine (diesel). Diesel (Jp5/8) provides a safer, readily available alternative to kerosene previously used with UAVs. Being less flammable compounds, heavy fuels provide significant advantages in the naval and maritime deployment, enabling refueling, launch and recovery on naval platforms and ships. HFE propulsion was a key requirement for the U.S Marine Corps/Navy Tier II/STUAS program, which the Hermes 90 is proposed for by UAS Dynamics, the joint venture established by Elbit Systems and General Dynamics.