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DARPA Robotics Challenge Moves Forward
2012-10-25 06:37:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced on Wednesday some of the top teams that will compete in its $2 million contest to create robots that can be used to assist in natural disasters and other emergencies. “Robot enthusiasts, the time has come. The “DARPA Robotics Challenge” (DRC) begins today. Will you be part of it?” the agency said as it kicked off the initiative. The DRC was...

NASA Developing Robotic Exoskeleton
2012-10-12 07:21:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the movie, Avatar, humans suit up in the Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits to stomp around through Pandora's rainforest and to work in the loading bays. In The Matrix Revolutions, they used Armored Personnel Units. Whatever you call them, science fiction has been inspiring robotic exoskeletons for years, and an announcement on Thursday from NASA tells us that they might not be that far away. NASA'S Robonaut 2, the first...

Space Coast Abuzz Over Mini-shuttle X-37B
2012-09-30 05:54:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The mysterious US Air Force (USAF) space plane that ended a top secret 15 month mission over the summer could have its base of operations consolidated to the state of Florida, according to recent media reports. The unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which departed from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in March 2011 but landed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in June 2012, could have its third flight both begin and...

DARPA Reaches Out To Public For UAV Unsuccessfully
2012-07-04 04:17:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online DARPA reached out to a community of unmanned air vehicle (UAV) enthusiasts to help create new military aircraft, but failed to find a worthy candidate to win the $100,000 prize. The agency said it set out to determine if a group of enthusiasts could develop a military relevant back-pack portable UAV with specific capabilities. The effort, according to DARPA, sought to inspire innovation and creative thought by lowering barriers to...

DARPA Develops Disaster Zone Delivery Systems
2012-06-28 08:02:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com DARPA announced on Tuesday that it has developed new sea and air delivery systems to help lend support to disaster zones. DARPA said its Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program has completed the design of technologies to transform commercial container ships into self-contained floating supply bases during a disaster relief operations. "During natural or manmade disasters, the U.S. armed forces, with rapidly deployable sealift, airlift,...


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