News from 12/3/12 to 12/7/12

 


Weekend Roundup

By Danielle Lucey
07 December 2012

A roundup of all the noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including an unmanned Black Hawk and a space-bound humanoid robot. ...


  

 


 

InTouch Health Appealing Patent Lawsuit Decision

By Danielle Lucey
07 December 2012

InTouch Health plans to appeal a patent infringement decision in its lawsuit against VGo Communications Inc., over the company's rival telepresence robot. ...


  

 


 


First Production Centaur OPV Flies to Switzerland

By Brett Davis
06 December 2012

Aurora Flight Sciences says it has delivered the world’s first production optionally piloted vehicle, Centaur, to Switzerland’s department of defense. ...

Photo courtesy Armasuisse.
  

 


 


USAF: Current Unmanned Aircraft Irrelevant in the Pacific

By Danielle Lucey
06 December 2012

Flightglobal reports that a top service official from the U.S. Air Force believes unmanned aircraft are “not relevant” in the Pacific theater. ...

Photo courtesy Senior Airman Julianne Showalter/U.S. Air Force.
  

 


 


Swimming Robot Reaches Australia After Record-Breaking Trip

By Danielle Lucey
05 December 2012

Liquid Robotics has broken a maritime endurance record. The company’s Papa Mau Wave Glider has completed its 9,000-nautical-mile trip from San Francisco to Australia. ...

Photo courtesy Liquid Robotics.
  

 


 


NASA Announces New Robotic Rover for Mars

By Brett Davis
05 December 2012

NASA has now announced that its rover Curiosity will get some robotic company on the red planet starting in 2020. ...

Illustration courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
  

 


 


Curiosity Whets Scientific Appetite With Martian Soil Scoops

By Brett Davis
03 December 2012

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has found water, sulfur and chlorine-containing substances in soil samples that its arm scooped into an internal laboratory. ...

Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
  

 


 


AeroVironment, CybAero Team for VTOL Work

By Brett Davis
03 December 2012

AeroVironment will invest up to $3 million in Sweden’s CybAero and develop and distribute a Tier II vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft. ...

Photo courtesy CybAero.
  

 


 


nEUROn completes first flight

By Danielle Lucey
03 December 2012

The pan-European nEUROn combat air vehicle made its first flight on 1 Dec. in France, an important step toward operational trials set to start in Sweden in 2014. ...

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.
  

 


 


NASA and GA-ASI Partner to Bring Command and Control Sat Link to Ikhana

By Danielle Lucey
03 December 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center are partnering to develop a new command and control satellite like for the Ikhana variant of the Predator B. ...

Photo courtesy GA-ASI.
  

 


 


Extreme Endurance:
CyPhy Works Moves Out of Stealth Mode With EASE and PARC

By Brett Davis and  Danielle Lucey
28 November 2012

For years now, CyPhy Works has said on its website that it is in “stealth mode.” ...

Photo courtesy Jason Walker/CyPhy Works.
  

 


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