Unmanned Vehicles & Robotics

Investigating algorithmic approaches to create scalable, robust, multi-scale, and effective urban surveillance and crowd control strategies using UAVs and UGVs.
Research demonstrates that a surveillance mission is still achievable by unmanned vehicles while performing autonomous soaring.
The U.S. military is prioritizing development of drone swarms as a means to reduce risk to our warfighters.
Combat is being transformed by Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies that improve a warrior’s situational awareness.
A raft of companies have emerged to provide counter-UAS technologies, but challenges remain.
A new era of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV) is about to begin
Application Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Anti-Drone Remote Weapon System
Weighing only 70 kilograms, the Pitbull-3 delivers Point & Shoot technology
Recent technological advancements could enable the military to employ robotic platforms in swarms to help overcome operational challenges in an urban environment.
Using the relationship of system architecture products and model-based systems engineering analysis, a UAV-UGV team can collaboratively conduct the structured, rudimentary tasks necessary to find a person in distress.
This research explores the development of a UGV capable of operating autonomously in a densely cluttered environment such as the tropical jungles or plantation estates commonly found in Asia.
NASA is adding a new antenna for communicating with the agency’s farthest-flung robotic spacecraft.
Accurate measurement of deformations occurring within or on soft materials will advance the next class of soft robotics and wearable biomedical sensors.
Understanding the mechanics of insect flight could help improve the agility, autonomy, robustness and integrated sensing and processing of unmanned aerial vehicles.

New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers train daily to operate the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance, targeting and communications relay.

Flexible testing systems; mission-defense tech; high-speed comparators; and more.
Application Briefs: Aerospace
Automatic Drone Detection System
Tektronix partnered with Erisys RF Solutions to release an automated drone detection solution.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Products: December 2019 Aerospace & Defense Technology
Metal 3D Printers, Dispensing Robots, Resistance Spot Welding, and More
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Marking Aircraft Components
Although marking adds no intrinsic value to a component, it is central to the smooth operation of the industry.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Changing How the Aerospace Industry Makes Parts
Today's technology must increase production rates and part quality, while reducing setup times and costs.
Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
Robotic Helicopter
Steadicopter's Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter has been upgraded.
Editor Bruce A. Bennett offers a look at the Association of the United States Army's 2019 Annual Meeting.
A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
Application Briefs: Software
Drone Control System
Kongsberg Geospatial recently introduced a new multi-domain control system for coordinating the use of drones in the battlespace.
Application Briefs: Defense
Unmanned Helicopter Drone
A Robinson-22 helicopter converted into an unmanned drone successfully completed in-air programmed missions.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Microturbine Propulsion for UAVs
The continued use of reciprocating engines has limited the UAV market’s ability to reach its true growth potential.

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a...

Editor Bruce A. Bennett takes us through the unusual — and completely unexpected —at this year's LASER World of Photonics.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products: June 2019 Aerospace & Defense Technology
Lange Couplers

The construction and port orientation of the Lange Coupler from SemiGen (Londonderry, NH) makes it useful as both a power combiner and splitter for RF and...

Three new unmanned helicopters were unveiled at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.

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