NASA, Northrop Drawing Up the Future of Drone Cargo Jets
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NASA, Northrop Drawing Up the Future of Drone Cargo Jets

Weapons maker Northrop Grumman is working with NASA to develop the architecture to allow fleets of drone cargo jets to criss-cross America’s skies.  It’s part of the Pathfinding for Airspace with Autonomous Vehicles project, which itself is part of NASA’s Air Traffic Management-eXploration, or ATM-X, effort. The goal is to model how an entire network of…

Blue Force Technologies Conducts Ground Test for Fury Uncrewed Fighter
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Blue Force Technologies Conducts Ground Test for Fury Uncrewed Fighter

Blue Force Technologies (“BFT”) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (“AFRL”) have successfully completed a ground test for a novel carbon fiber composite propulsion flowpath system for BFT’s Fury uncrewed fighter under the AFRL Bandit program. As announced in Mar 2022 BFT, an aerospace and defense company based in North Carolina, is maturing a high-performance uncrewed 5th generation fighter design that provides replication…

Wind River and Airbus Collaborate on Certification of Automatic Air-to-Air Refueling (A3R)
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Wind River and Airbus Collaborate on Certification of Automatic Air-to-Air Refueling (A3R)

Wind River, a global leader in delivering software for mission-critical intelligent systems, announced it has worked with Airbus to support the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for automatic air-to-air refueling (A3R). The MRTT aircraft is the world’s first tanker to be certified for automatic air-to-air refueling boom operations in daylight. Airbus uses VxWorks 653 for the A330 MRTT…

XTEND Earns $20M Contract to Develop Multi-Drone OS
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XTEND Earns $20M Contract to Develop Multi-Drone OS

XTEND, which develops the XOS human-guided autonomous operating system that aims to revolutionize human-to-machine interaction, announced it was awarded a $20 million contract by the Israel Ministry of Defense to develop and supply a multi-drone operating system. The new joint project with MAFAT and the Israeli Ministry of Directorate of Defense Research & Development will…

Air Force Research Lab Selects BAE Systems for Air-Launched Seeker for Maritime Targets
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Air Force Research Lab Selects BAE Systems for Air-Launched Seeker for Maritime Targets

BAE Systems has received a $12 million Phase 2 contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to further develop a low cost, all-weather, multi-mode (radar/infrared) open architecture seeker under the Maritime Weapon Innovation Program (MWIP) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (aka QUICKSINK). The QUICKSINK munitions concept provides air-delivered maritime surface vessel defeat capability for the…

L3Harris Delivers First T7 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robots to U.S. Air Force
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L3Harris Delivers First T7 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robots to U.S. Air Force

L3Harris Technologies announced delivery of the first of more than 100 T7 explosive ordnance disposal robots to the U.S. Air Force as part of a contract supporting the USAF’s global EOD mission. The L3Harris T7 EOD robot, compared to previous systems, offers increased speed, improved lift, reach strength, extended battery life and human-like dexterity, increasing…

DOD Awards $50M to Kodiak Robotics for Autonomous Army Ground Vehicles
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DOD Awards $50M to Kodiak Robotics for Autonomous Army Ground Vehicles

Kodiak Robotics, Inc., which develops self-driving trucking technology, announced it has been awarded a $49.9 million, 24-month U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) agreement to help automate future U.S. Army ground vehicles led by the Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) program. This effort will be in support of vehicles designed for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other high-risk missions. Through this…

Cleo Robotics to Develop Tactical Drone for U.S. Army
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Cleo Robotics to Develop Tactical Drone for U.S. Army

Cleo Robotics, which develops the Dronut aerial vehicle platform, has announced a contract with the U.S. Army to deliver several prototype Tactical Dronut (TacDronut) systems to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) tasks. The $2.5 million contract was awarded by the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Crticial Technologies Office (RCCTO) following an Army…

DARPA, Sikorsky Demonstrate Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter
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DARPA, Sikorsky Demonstrate Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter

Sikorsky, a division of Lockheed Martin, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Army how an unmanned Black Hawk helicopter flying autonomously can safely and reliably perform internal and external cargo resupply missions, as well as rescue operations.

 

U.S. Army Awards $20.6M Contract to AeroVironment for Switchblade 300
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U.S. Army Awards $20.6M Contract to AeroVironment for Switchblade 300

AeroVironment, which develops multi-domain robotic systems, has announced it received a $20.6 million firm-fixed-price contract in August from the U.S. Army Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions (TAGM) project office. The contract is for the procurement of Switchblade 300 tactical missile systems, a back-packable and rapidly deployable-from-ground system designed to engage beyond-line-of-sight targets.

 

Canada Awards Contract to Human in Motion Robotics for Exoskeletons
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Canada Awards Contract to Human in Motion Robotics for Exoskeletons

Canada’s Human in Motion Robotics, Inc., (HMR) has announced it was awarded a $499,828 ($663,000 Canadian) contract by Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) for the Department of National Defence Canada (DND). The contract allows the Canadian government to purchase two units of HMR’s next-generation lower-limb exoskeleton, XoMotion, a wearable robot designed to get people out of wheelchairs and walking again with full mobility and independence.

 

Aerobotix, FerRobotics Develop End-of-Arm-Tool Sander for Flammable Dust
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Aerobotix, FerRobotics Develop End-of-Arm-Tool Sander for Flammable Dust

Aerobotix and FerRobotics have announced a partnership to create the first Class II, Division 1 (C2D1) end of arm tool (EAOT) automated sander. Meeting a demand for a hazardous-environment solution that achieves time and cost efficiencies along with enabling safer work environments, the special orbital sander lessens human involvement in hazardous tasks.

 

AeroVironment Launches All-Electric UAS for Heavy Payloads, Longer Distances
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AeroVironment Launches All-Electric UAS for Heavy Payloads, Longer Distances

AeroVironment has announced the launch of its next-generation VAPOR Helicopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the VAPOR 55 MX. With a completely redesigned modular autonomy framework, the VAPOR 55 MX enables increased endurance and expanded payload capacity to meet current and emerging needs of defense, commercial and industrial customers.

 

Aerobotix Completes 40th Robotic Restoration of F-22 Air Inlet Ducts
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Aerobotix Completes 40th Robotic Restoration of F-22 Air Inlet Ducts

Aerobotix, an AS9100-certified FANUC robotics integrator, has announced it supported the 40th restoration of air inlet ducts on F-22 Raptor aircraft, as part of a maintenance contract with the U.S. Air Force. The company’s automated painting system gets aircraft back in the sky 80% faster, and has saved the Air Force $8.8 million since 2016.

 

AeroVironment Launches Multi-Sensor Imaging Payload for Drones
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AeroVironment Launches Multi-Sensor Imaging Payload for Drones

AeroVironment has announced its Mantis i23 D, a multi-sensor daytime imaging payload that is compatible with the Raven B small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS). The Mantis i23 D is an enhanced daylight variant of its predecessor, the Mantis i23, and uses the same modular interface to allow for quick and simple swapping between payloads with no software updates required to avionics or ground control systems.