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10 Unmanned Ground Vehicles Being Developed and Tested Around the World

Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), robot combat vehicles or autonomous vehicles, no matter what you call them, are increasingly being developed, prototyped and tested for future use in autonomous and teaming operations or scenarios with manned vehicles. This article provides updates on some of the latest prototyping, development, purchasing and deployment of 10 new military UGVs.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Counter Unmanned Aircraft System

Looking ahead to the future, the threat of adversarial drones will only increase. Drones don’t necessarily recognize geographical borders or boundaries, and to protect service members and citizens from these impending challenges, the U.S. and its allies must look to CUAS technologies and scale effectively throughout their militaries and relevant civilian agencies.

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Electronics & Computers

Grip Tab Active Controllers

Advanced Technology International has issued a $2.67 million contract to AeroVironment for the production of its Tomahawk Grip Tab Active (Grip TA) controllers, that will be managed by the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL).

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Aerospace

New Realistic Computer Model will Help Robots Collect Moon Dust

Working with their industry partner, Thales Alenia Space in the U.K., who has specific interest in creating working robotic systems for space applications, the team investigated a virtual version of regolith, another name for Moon dust.

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Electronics & Computers

AI Co-Pilot Enhances Human Precision for Safer Aviation

Meet the Air-Guardian, a system developed by researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. As modern pilots grapple with an onslaught of information from multiple monitors, especially during critical moments, Air-Guardian acts as a proactive copilot.

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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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Unmanned Systems

International Military Trial Tests Robotic Combat Vehicles in Australia

Defense scientists representing Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. have successfully demonstrated the integration of advanced autonomy and artificial intelligence...

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Aerospace

New Products

See the new products, including SWIR Vision Systems' short-wavelength infrared imaging technology, Fischer Connectors' expanded set of cable assemblies for the KEYSTONE tactical hub, Interface Concept's 3U VPX Single Board Computer, Microchip's updated software design tools, and more.

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Electronics & Computers

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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Motion Control

New DARPA X-Plane Will Have No Moving Control Surfaces

Aurora Flight Sciences has begun manufacturing work on a new X-plane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Nuclear-Powered Drone Destined for Titan Enters Final Design Phase

NASA’s Dragonfly mission team is moving on to the next stage of development on the revolutionary, car-sized nuclear-powered drone it plans to fly over and land on the...

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Electronics & Computers

AUSA 2023: Are Robotics the Future of Army Combat Vehicles?

In the near future, ground combat vehicles operated by U.S. Army warfighters could feature robotics, autonomy and human-robot teaming, according to comments shared by several...

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Defense

REMA Program to Create 'Autonomy Adapter' for Commercial Drones Used in Combat Operations

Commercial drone technology is advancing rapidly, providing cost-effective and robust capabilities for a variety of civil and military missions. As...

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AR/AI

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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Robotics, Automation & Control

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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AR/AI

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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Aerospace

Next Generation Airborne Navigation System

Northrop Grumman Corporation has conducted a successful flight test of its advanced airborne navigation solution, Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) / Inertial Navigation System (INS) Modernization, known as EGI-M.

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Unmanned Systems

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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Robotics, Automation & Control

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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Communications

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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AR/AI

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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Aerospace

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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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Approach to Viscosity Enables Complex Motions in Soft Robots

Cornell researchers have laid the foundation for developing a new class of untethered soft robots that can achieve more complex motions with less reliance on explicit computation.

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Unmanned Systems

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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Defense

Tomahawk to Develop Common Control System for U.K. Human Machine Teaming Project

Tomahawk Robotics is developing new universal command and control technology.

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Defense

Robotic Rotational Molding Creates New Opportunities for Military and Aerospace Applications

Innovative robotic rotational molding technology allows for the use of new materials in manufacturing parts and hard cases for military and aerospace applications.

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AR/AI

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2023 The Blueprint for Autonomy

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International is bringing this year’s XPONENTIAL 2023 to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, from May 8 – 11.

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