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High-Tech Bird Watching Could Lead to Shapeshifting Airplane Wings

An international team of engineers and biologists will gain unprecedented insights into how birds fly so efficiently and then use that knowledge to build unmanned aircraft with shapeshifting wings. These planes should be lighter, faster and dramatically more maneuverable than today’s stiff-winged aircraft.

Posted in: News, Aerospace, Defense
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Using SWaP-C Reductions to Improve UAS/UGV Mission Capabilities

The defense and aerospace market continues to push for reductions in size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) to support advanced sensor/vetronics payloads onboard unmanned platforms. Groundbreaking SWaP-C reduction for processor and network switch systems are enabling UAS (unmanned aircraft system) and UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) platforms to expand their mission capabilities. Several technologies are driving this small form factor revolution, including tightly integrated system- on-chips (SoCs), semiconductor packaging advancements (i.e. smaller nanometer dies, lower voltage chips), and micro-miniature rugged connectors.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Downsizing, Connectors and terminals, Packaging, Semiconductors, Autonomous vehicles, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Designing Rugged Computing Platforms for UGVs

While the military’s proliferation of unmanned aircraft, or drones, continues to grab the headlines, the deployment of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) is also anticipated to expand based on their role in helping military operations become more agile, responsive and safe. Intensifying mission requirements for UGVs called for in Future Combat Systems (FCS) depends on their ability to cost-effectively contribute to significant increases in intelligence through reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition, coupled with the ability to handle high-risk or labor intensive tasks and the efficient transporting of personnel and materials.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Computer software / hardware, Autonomous vehicles, Military vehicles and equipment
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Bi-manual Dexterous Manipulation for Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Since 2001, there has been a proliferation of robots within the U.S. military to assist with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) missions. Ground robotics systems are able to detect and dispose of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with the help of robotic manipulator arms.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Defense industry, Robotics, Waste disposal, Hazardous materials
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Applying UUV Advances to Safeguard Harbors and Littoral Waters

Advances in unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) are providing government agencies and commercial organizations with new capabilities across a variety of mission requirements. However, many underwater vehicles only address specific criteria or support well-defined (and limited) niches. As an example, the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Littoral Battlespace Sensing (LBS) system includes the LBS-G long-endurance glider to collect oceanographic data, but also needs the LBS-AUV for military applications.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Autonomous vehicles, Marine vehicles and equipment, Military vehicles and equipment
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Designing a Robot to Counter Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices

The use of Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) has increased each year. Current anti-VBIED technology is not only expensive, but requires months or years of training by Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) technicians to operate the equipment. The process of unloading the EOD robot, attaching the detonation wire to the robot, attaching the water charge to the EOD robot, driving the water charge to the VBIED, placing the charge under the vehicle, and then retrieving the EOD robot is a time consuming event. With a typical EOD robot costing $100k - $200k, there is a large financial risk to the EOD team if the robot is damaged or destroyed in the process. WM Robots PAWN was developed to offer the EOD technicians another option in reducing the time needed to neutralize the threat and cost of the operation.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defense, Robotics, Hazards and emergency management, Military vehicles and equipment
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Unmanned Helicopter

+43 (1) 546 26-44
www.schiebel.net

In five months of operation, the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) saved over 8,800 lives in the Mediterranean. By spotting and monitoring distressed vessels, Schiebel’s Unmanned Air System CAMCOPTER® S-100 assisted in the rescue and contributed significantly to the success of the mission.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Rotary-wing aircraft, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Mini-Unmanned Aircraft System

817-234-6600
www.elbitsystems.com

Elbit Systems has developed the Skylark3, a new autonomous mini-Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), best suited for brigades and divisions in “beyond the next hill” reconnaissance, counterinsurgency and force protection missions, as well as for use in a range of civil applications, such as border and coastal security and anti-terror operations. The new system has already been selected by an undisclosed customer.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Downsizing, Suppliers, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Predator Mission Aircrew Training Systems

L-3 Link Simulation & Training
Arlington, TX
817-619-2000
www.Link.com

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) was recently awarded a contract option from the U.S. Air Force to build 34 new Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) simulators. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Computer simulation, Education, Military aircraft
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Field Swappable Underwater Storage Unit

+39 0575 26979
www.seco.com

The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), an executive body of NATO’s Science and Technology Organization (STO), is an established scientific facility that organizes and conducts research and technology development centered on the maritime domain.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Logistics, Suppliers, Containers, Marine vehicles and equipment
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