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Robotic Paint Removal System

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AFRL Materials Integrity engineers recently played a key role in enabling the safer and more efficient removal of paint from F-16 aircraft through the newly-adopted Robotic Laser Coating Removal System.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Defense, Thermal Management, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Materials, Lasers & Laser Systems, Robotics
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Advancements Made to the Wingman Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) Simulation: How to Operate the SIL

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), US Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), DCS Corp., and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) worked together to advance the capabilities of a software-in-the-loop (SIL) simulation environment in support of the larger TARDEC-Wingman Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD).

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Soft Robotic Fish Swims Alongside Real Ones in Coral Reefs

A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled “SoFi,” a soft robotic fish that can independently swim alongside real fish in the ocean. During test dives in the Rainbow Reef in Fiji, SoFi swam at depths of more than 50 feet for up to 40 minutes, nimbly handling currents and taking high-resolution photos and videos using a fisheye lens.

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Soldier-Robot Team Communication: An Investigation of Exogenous Orienting Visual Display Cues and Robot Reporting Preferences

The advancement of robot capabilities and functionality has changed the way in which soldiers perform many of their operational tasks. The various unmanned air, ground, and submersible vehicles currently deployed have significantly impacted present-day warfare.

Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Wireless, Defense, Industrial Controls & Automation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Automation, Robotics, Test & Measurement, Automotive, Transportation
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GPS Enabled Semi-Autonomous Robot

The primary objective of this research is to integrate GPS and local sensory data to allow a robot to operate semi-autonomously outside of a laboratory environment. The Pioneer 3-AT, a robust platform capable of operating in the outdoors, is utilized in this project. The P3-AT has acoustic sensors that can calculate distances to obstacles and encoders that calculate how much each wheel has turned. In a laboratory environment, sensory and encoder information can be used to triangulate position or measure distance and direction traveled from a known starting point. Operating outdoors limits the effectiveness of both systems as the obstacles are not known and wheels can often slip and slide on different surfaces. This necessitates external data to determine the location of the robot. GPS was chosen to provide that data. GPS, acoustic, and encoder data were integrated within MATLAB and provided control signals to the robot.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Communications, Data Acquisition, Defense, MEMs, Motion Control, Automation, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Software, Transportation
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Development of a Vision-Based Situational Awareness Capability for Unmanned Surface Vessels

Using unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for “dull, dirty and dangerous missions” is gaining traction in recent years as it removes the human element from a potentially life-threatening environment in missions such as mine hunting or maritime interdiction. Current USVs rely on human operators sitting in remote control stations to monitor the vessels’ surroundings and perform collision detection and avoidance. This reliance on the human operator constrains the operating envelope of the USV as it requires a high bandwidth and low latency communication link for safe operations, especially in waters with heavy traffic.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Imaging, Machine Vision, Video, Automation, Robotics, Simulation Software, Transportation
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Answering Your Questions: Is This the End of VME?

Developed in 1981, VME has served as a reliable, extensible platform for deployable embedded computing applications. The electro-mechanical standard typically includes components like processors, IO boards, enclosures, backplanes, and power supplies.

Posted in: News, Blog, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, PCs/Portable Computers
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Air Force Tests 3D Printing for Hypersonic Flight Vehicles

The Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. The Air Force and its commercial partner are testing additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials that could withstand temperatures of about 3200 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Micro-Displays and Augmented Reality Improve Situational Awareness

Several new technologies are being developed that, once combined, will give soldiers an unprecedented overview of the battlefield. Those technologies involve the marriage of micro-displays with augmented reality.

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AUVSI Unveils XPONENTIAL 2018 Keynote Speakers

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the keynote speakers who will guide discussions about the benefits and future of unmanned systems at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018, being held from April 30 to May 3 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The experts will present keynotes devoted to themes critical to the advancement and growth of unmanned systems.

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