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Unmanned Systems

Vehicle-Mounted Tactical Radars

Blighter will be supplying its B422 180-degree ground surveillance e-scanning radar in a vehicle-mounted configuration to be fitted to a six-wheeled UGV.

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Unmanned Systems

Experimental Assessment of Entanglement for an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle with an Open, Three-Bladed Propeller

This research evaluates the entanglement of an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operating in marine vegetation common to...

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Unmanned Systems

AUVSI XPONENTIAL

After losing 2020 to COVID and successfully relaunching live in Atlanta in 2021, AUVSI is bringing their XPONENTIAL 2022 tech conference and trade show to Orlando, Florida's spacious Orange County Convention Center.

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Motion Control

Earthly Twin Offers Test Bed for NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover

OPTIMISM, the full-scale engineering model of Perseverance, is helping NASA assess the risk of potential driving hazards on Mars.

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Weapons Systems

Robotic Rifle

SWORD Defense Systems recently unveiled its Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR).

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Design

Bipedal Robot Achieves Better Body Balance

A new robot developed by Caltech researchers LEO carves out a new type of locomotion somewhere between walking and flying.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Approach Makes Unmanned Agents Self-Sufficient

UAVs can land on moving unmanned ground vehicles without GPS.

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Electronics & Computers

Rad-Hard Avionics for Moon Rover

A mobile robot will go to the South Pole of the Moon — with help from radiation-hardened avionics.

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Semiconductors & ICs

Four-Legged Swarm Robots

The multi-legged robots are capable of maneuvering in challenging environments.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Component Helps Perseverance Sample Mars

Ewellix (Gothenburg, Sweden) has developed a planetary roller screw that's now on Mars.

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Weapons Systems

Multi-Sensor Electro-Optic Platform

Silent Sentinel’s offering includes a dual Electro-Optic/Infra-Red camera payload, a laser range finder, and a panoramic surveillance camera.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Perseverance on Mars: The Journey Begins

Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars.

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Electronics & Computers

Multipurpose Batteries Make it Easier to Get Around on Mars

NASA-funded research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit or even a Mars rover.

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Unmanned Systems

The Role of Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technologies in Defense Applications

Artificial intelligence can be used for a plethora of defense applications, including command and control of military operations.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The Marine Corps will use the FLIR Centaur to assist in disarming improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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Energy

Mars Rover Electric Motors

A number of maxon's precision DC and BLDC motors were designed into the Perseverance rover.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars

See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Planetary Exploration Rover Avoids Sand Traps with “Rear Rotator Pedaling”

Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Mars 2020 – Building Perseverance

Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Mars 2020 – Getting to Mars

Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.

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Materials

Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Composites with Electrical and Thermal Characteristics

These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Mars 2020 – Perseverance to the Red Planet

Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.

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Unmanned Systems

DDDAMS-based Urban Surveillance and Crowd Control via UAVs and UGVs

Investigating algorithmic approaches to create scalable, robust, multi-scale, and effective urban surveillance and crowd control strategies using UAVs and UGVs.

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Defense

Robotic Combat Vehicles: Putting the Brains Behind the Brawn

A new era of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV) is about to begin

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Assessing the Effectiveness of a Combat UGV Swarm in Urban Operations

Recent technological advancements could enable the military to employ robotic platforms in swarms to help overcome operational challenges in an urban environment.

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Aerospace

Validation of Architecture Models for Coordination of Unmanned Air and Ground Vehicles via Experimentation

Using the relationship of system architecture products and model-based systems engineering analysis, a UAV-UGV team can collaboratively conduct the structured, rudimentary tasks necessary to find a person in distress.

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Aerospace

Effectiveness of Inter-Vehicle Communications and On-Board Processing for Close Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Flight Formations

Developing an effective cooperative communication system for unmanned aerial vehicles can increase their autonomy, reduce manpower requirements, and improve mission capabilities.

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Aerospace

Systems Engineering Approach to Develop Guidance, Navigation and Control Algorithms for Unmanned Ground Vehicle

This research explores the development of a UGV capable of operating autonomously in a densely cluttered environment such as the tropical jungles or plantation estates commonly found in Asia.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers

An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.