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Digital Twinning and Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information

Creating a digital twin is not just a technical feat; it is a strategic imperative that touches every facet of modern business. From security to sovereignty and from trust to ethics, the decisions made today about digital twin architecture will reverberate long into the future. Read on to learn more.

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AR/AI

OPINION: How Artificial Intelligence Eliminates Risk from Aerospace and Defense Quality Teams

The complexity of aerospace and defense (A&D) supply chains has outstripped the capabilities of human processing.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Northrop Grumman Assembles First Manta Ray UUV Prototype

Northrop Grumman has completed the assembly of its first full-size prototype of Manta Ray, the defense manufacturer's new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

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Unmanned Systems

Hermeus Rolls Out First Quarterhorse Hypersonic Test Aircraft

Hermeus has unveiled its first aircraft — Quarterhorse Mk 1 — which will take flight later this year.

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Information Technology

One Person Can Supervise a Swarm of 100 Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

Research involving Oregon State University has shown that a “swarm” of more than 100 autonomous ground and aerial robots can be supervised by one person without subjecting the individual to an undue workload.

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Aerospace

New Cyber Algorithm Shuts Down Malicious Robotic Attacks

Australian researchers have designed an algorithm that can intercept a man-in-the-middle (MitM) cyberattack on an unmanned military robot and shut it down in seconds. The algorithm, tested in real time on a replica of a U.S. Army combat ground vehicle, was 99 percent successful in preventing a malicious attack.

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Motion Control

This Avionics Computer Enables Image Data Processing, Payload Control for NASA IM-1 Mission

Aitech provided a complete avionics computer system to Intuitive Machines for the IM-1 Mission, that successfully landed on the Moon on February...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

New UK Drone Strategy to Invest Billions in Unmanned Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) published a new 12-page defense drone strategy last week that will see the agency invest £4.5 billion into the purchase of new unmanned...

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Imaging

Certified Machine Learning-Based Avionics

Over the past few decades, aircraft automation has progressively increased. Advances in digital computing during the 1980s eliminated the need for onboard flight engineers. Avionics systems, exemplified by FADEC for engine control and Fly-By-Wire, handle lower-level functions, reducing human error.

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Aerospace

Report on Human Factors Issues Likely to Affect Air-Launched Effects

Air-Launched Effects (ALEs) are a concept for operating small, inexpensive, attritable, and highly autonomous unmanned aerial systems that can be tube launched from aircraft.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Autonomous Navigation Kits

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The Department of Defense (DoD) operates a vast array of military vehicles crucial for both sustainment and combat operations....

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Power

Zonal Electrical Architectures Cut Vehicle Wiring-System Cost, Complexity

Ultimately, zonal architectures require a fundamentally reorganized software structure that allows the OEM to independently, quickly, easily, and modularly adapt the control of the entire vehicle while minimizing the complexity in the wiring harness and the number of control devices.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

REMUS 300: The Navy's New Unmanned Underwater Mine Fighting Vehicle

Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) are the unheralded champions in maritime defense; poised to bring about a revolution in the scale of presence and capability delivery...

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Imaging

Owl AI’s 3D Thermal Sensors See Further into the Dark

The race to develop low-cost and effective sensors for automated driving requires all-day effort. Getting sensors to accurately identify the world around them is easiest on a clear, sunny day, but that solves just part of the problem.

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Unmanned Systems

DoD to Deploy Thousands of Low Cost Autonomous Systems Under Replicator Program

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks outlined the agency’s new “Replicator” initiative. Under the new Replicator initiative, over the next 18 to 24 months, the Defense Department will deploy thousands of low cost autonomous systems across multiple domains.

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Unmanned Systems

A Simpler Method for Learning to Control a Robot

Researchers from MIT and Stanford University have devised a new machine-learning approach that could be used to control a robot, such as a drone or autonomous vehicle, more effectively and efficiently in dynamic environments where conditions can change rapidly.

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Technical Innovation
Robotics, Automation & Control

Digital Transformation of the Construction Jobsite

There has been talk in recent years of an oncoming digital transformation coming to the construction jobsite. While there are some components of this transformation that have yet to be...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Navy Deploys Automated Energy Assessment Tools to the Fleet

Engineers at the Naval Sea Systems Command have achieved an important milestone with the installation of the Global Energy Information System (GENISYS) suite onboard DDG 51...

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Defense

DoD Replicator Low Cost Autonomy Initiative is Not a New Program of Record, Hicks Says

During an appearance at a Defense News conference last week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks provided more details about the new...

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Aerospace

Texas A&M Researchers Developing Algorithm to Automate Aircraft Ship Landings

Landing a helicopter on a ship’s flight deck is one of the most challenging and complex maneuvers demanded of a Navy pilot. Unlike a runway, the landing area...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Osprey MK III Completes First Autonomous Flight

As part of Eglin Air Force Base's new Autonomy, Data, and AI Experimentation Proving Ground (ADAx) effort , the Osprey MK III unmanned aircraft system (UAS) recently completed its first...

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Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Update on Machine-Learned Correctness Properties

Despite the potential advantages to be derived from employing autonomous systems, evidence-based assurance of dependability is a key to obtaining users’ trust in these systems.

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Executive Viewpoints
Design

Driver-In-The-Loop for Off-Highway Development

Driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulators have become an essential tool for passenger-car OEMs and suppliers, for cutting development time and cost and delivering a better product. In the past 20...

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Application Briefs
AR/AI

Human Machine Teaming

Tomahawk Robotics announced that it will provide its universal command and control technology and products for the U.K.’s Army Future Capabilities Group Human Machine Teaming tactical uncrewed systems fleet program.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Characterizing Motion Prediction in Small Autonomous Swarms

Prior investigations of swarm robot control focus on optimizing communication and coordination between agents, with at most one human control scheme, or with discrete (rather than continuous) human control schemes.

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Materials

AI-FORGE Robot Demonstrates Incremental Metal Forming

Researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, have combined efforts with The Ohio State University (OSU) and industry partners CapSen Robotics and Yaskawa Motoman to...

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Unmanned Systems

Air Force Pilots Perform Remote Flights with Joby eVTOL

Four Air Force pilots remotely flew a Joby electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft during a demonstration held on April 20 at the company’s Marina, California-based...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Ghoul Tool: The Weapon-Mountable Counter UAS Transmitter

As commercial drone technology continues to expand, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) are making it increasingly difficult to secure battlefields and military installations.

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Defense

Autonomous Ground Reconnaissance Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $49.9 million 24-month agreement to Kodiak Robotics to help automate future U.S. Army ground vehicles led by the Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle program.

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