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How an integrated hardware and software approach can simplify the development and deployment of robotics applications

The world is quickly changing for modern warehouses. E-commerce companies, retailers, hospitals, and other third-party logistics businesses view autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) as a critical technology to rein in high labor costs and increase throughput to reduce fulfillment time. Factory owners and managers want quick AMRs that are easy to deploy with the ability to [...]

By |2021-10-07T05:41:52+00:00September 22nd, 2021|AV, Gadgets|

US helicopter company has released advanced vertical take-off aircraft design concepts

Renowned US helicopter manufacturer Bell Textron this week unveiled design concepts for future high-speed vertical take-off and landing (HSVTOL) aircraft. These design concepts make use of technologies being developed by the company, which is part of the Textron group. HSVTOL technology would allow Bell to develop aircraft that would combine the ability to hover like [...]

By |2021-08-31T19:47:09+00:00August 6th, 2021|News, UAM, UAV|

Japanese Firms Drop Chinese Drones Over Security Concerns

Leading Japanese infrastructure companies will end their use of Chinese-made drones, joining in the government’s efforts to curb the potential security risks. There have been concerns that drones made by Chinese companies transmit sensitive data to their manufacturers, and the U.S. essentially blacklisted drone maker DJI last year over national security concerns. While Japanese users are also [...]

By |2021-08-31T19:47:27+00:00May 4th, 2021|UAV|

US Air Force Issues Solicitation for C-sUAS Technology

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome NY (AFRL/RI) has a requirement to provide a focused yet flexible, rapid, agile contracting vehicle between Air Force Research Laboratory, its Products Centers, and the Operational Community to support rapid research, development, prototyping, demonstration, evaluation, and transition of Counter small Unmanned Aircraft System (C-sUAS) capabilities. These [...]

By |2021-08-31T19:47:28+00:00April 21st, 2021|Hardware|

The next frontier in drone warfare? A Soviet-era crop duster

In September 2020, on the second day of the six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, the  Armenian defense forces published a video of one of their units deploying a surface-to-air missile system to target a low-flying, slow-moving object—a drone. But what the soldiers shot down was no cutting-edge autonomous [...]

By |2021-08-31T19:47:29+00:00February 16th, 2021|AUV, AV|

Counter UAS – The Next Frontier

Epirus, a venture-backed startup offering a counter-drone capability, announced Thursday it raised $70 million to speed its technology to market. The round was led by San Francisco, California-based Bedrock Capital, and brings the 2-year-old company’s total capital raised to roughly $80 million. The news comes six months after Epirus inked a strategic supplier agreement with [...]

By |2021-08-31T19:47:47+00:00December 18th, 2020|UAV|

The Ban on Chinese Drones: Lawmakers Set Their Sights on China-Made Tech

As the war against China-owned technology companies heats up, some federal lawmakers have set their sights on drones made in China or that have Chinese components, seeking to ban them from use by U.S. federal agencies. In addition, recent actions by the Trump administration make it appear likely that the administration itself may weigh in [...]

By |2020-11-13T17:59:10+00:00November 13th, 2020|News|

China Unveils Wing Loong-10 at Nanchang Airshow

China has unveiled its new Wing Loong-10 attack drone at the Nanchang Airshow 2020, which started on Saturday. The aircraft is a ground-attack version of Wing Loong. It uses a ZF850 engine that costs about $ 57,000, according to Chinese media reports Developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, the Wing Loong or Pterodactyl-I is [...]

By |2020-11-04T18:51:22+00:00November 4th, 2020|AV|

Viasat, AeroVironment Team to Develop Enhanced Type 1 Encrypted Communications Capabilities for U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced they will collaborate on a contract awarded under the U.S. Army Reconfigurable Communications for Small Unmanned Systems (RCSUS) initiative. The project will provide U.S. military customers flying small UAS platforms the ability to deploy a robust, on-demand, highly-secure communications network that [...]

By |2020-10-20T01:26:00+00:00October 30th, 2020|AUV|
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