A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

Robotic and Unmanned Systems Denver for the World’s Largest Unmanned Systems Event

Robotic and Unmanned Systems Hardware Manufacturers and Experts Convene in Denver for the World’s Largest Unmanned Systems Event of the Year 24-27 August 2010

Arlington, Va. – 20 August, 2010 – AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2010 is the largest display of robotic and unmanned systems hardware in the world. It’s the only event to gather so many air, ground and maritime technologies and components in one place at one time. AUVSI’s 2010 convention will host 450 exhibitors, 140 technical presentations, indoor vehicle demonstrations, and much more.

“The unmanned systems and robotics industry is growing at a remarkable pace,” said AUVSI’s president and CEO, Michael Toscano. “We have 110 more exhibitors than last year and we had to add a day to our show to provide attendees and exhibitors enough time to see and do everything they want and need to.”

EXHIBITS: 450+ Exhibitors featuring cutting edge unmanned and robotic technologies. Download a PDF of the Exhibitor list here.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Indoor Air, Ground and Maritime Demonstrations – New for 2010 – Three live demonstration areas including a netted aerial enclosure for small UAS, a ground track and a 9,000 gallon maritime tank.

INDUSTRY TOPICS COVERED: Access to Civil Airspace for UAVs, Unmanned Systems for Law Enforcement, Unmanned Systems for Fire Fighting, Unmanned Vehicles in the Gulf Oil Spill, Driverless Automobiles, Explosive Ordnance Detonation/Disposal, and much more.

KEYNOTES: View Schedule of Events below for daily general session speakers and links to other technical program details.

INDOOR STATIC DISPLAYS: Featuring full size vehicles including Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk.

PRESS CONFERENCES: Several exhibiting companies will host press conferences to announce product releases and more. View the schedule here.

PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES: Several Exhibitors will have full size unmanned technologies on display in the demonstration areas and in their booths; there will also be some […]

Navy Works to Laser Proof Its Drones

n May and June, the U.S. Navy sent four drones crashing into the Pacific Ocean, after blasting them with a prototype laser weapon. If follow-up tests are successful, there’s a chance the ray gun might be ready for deployment some time around 2016. Other countries’ energy weapons will come years afterward — if they ever come at all. But the Navy isn’t taking any chances. It’s pushing ahead with research to laser-proof its drones, just in case anyone else has the bright idea of using ray guns to down America’s robot planes.

“Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs) are an emerging weapon technology with the ability to change the face of the battlefield…. As the technology matures, other countries will undoubtedly pursue DEW development. Therefore it is imperative that the United States develop countermeasures to defend U.S. forces and assets against the DEW threat,” the Navy recently noted, as it announced a pair of contracts to start work on countering the blasters.

Irvine, California’s Adsys Controls, Inc. is starting work on an “early threat detection mechanism that occurs prior to high-power engagement and the ability to deploy novel countermeasures to disrupt the DEW tracking mechanisms.”

Austin, Texas’ Nanohmics, Inc. will begin development of a laser detector that can be mounted on drones, so the unmanned aircraft can spot the ray guns before the ray guns zap them. The idea is to protect the spy cameras and other sensors on board the robo-planes. The “low-cost” system, to be “constructed from light and extremely low-cost glass or injection-molded polymers,” would give the drone time to “quickly take evasive action or engage optical sensor protection systems.”

It’s not the first push by the American military to defend against this still-hypothetical threat. The Navy announced last year that it wanted to “counte[r] or negat[e]” ray […]

Tornado Studying Drone

Tornado Studying Drone

Scientists plan to launch unmanned aerial vehicles over the Great Plains May 1 to June 15 in hopes of getting a better idea of how tornadoes form.

The remote-controlled planes, known as UAVs, will be part of a broad tornado study — VORTEX 2 — that will start its second phase May 1, says Don Burgess, a research scientist with the University of Oklahoma.

The study will take place in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Missouri, says Keli Tarp, a spokeswoman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Partners in Norman, Okla.

VORTEX 2 (Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2), which began last spring, is the largest-ever tornado experiment, Tarp says. The original VORTEX study in the mid-1990s helped inspire the Hollywood film Twister.

The UAVs are able to gather data high above the ground, providing a unique look at the storm, Burgess says. Researchers believe they might be on the verge of a discovery about tornado formation, says Josh Wurman, president of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colo.

In recent months, scientists have examined data collected about a June 5 Wyoming tornado by sophisticated radar and other equipment during the project’s first phase last spring, Wurman says. The Wyoming storm showed them a secondary gust front that formed just before it spawned a tornado, he said.

A single gust front is common in supercells — storms capable of producing a tornado. The discovery of the second gust front — and its potential role in creating a tornado — has researchers intrigued, Wurman says.

The UAVs should provide an even better look, says Adam Houston, an assistant professor of meteorology at the University of Nebraska. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the […]

AUVSI – Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition

“The 2010 International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition took place last week, and the very first thing that happened was that everybody decided that they’d much rather spend their time building robot subs as opposed to gasping out the name of the competition, so it’s now just called “RoboSub.” These RoboSubs are autonomous (not remote controlled), so the competition operates kinda like the DARPA Grand or Urban Challenge: you push the go button, and then your robot is on its own, and you can do nothing but sit back and have an anxiety attack.

As you can see from the vid, the bots have a lot of fairly complicated tasks to perform, and I imagine that being underwater causes a whole host of sensor issues… For example, several tasks require the robots to differentiate colored objects, and colors change underwater depending on depth as the red light gets filtered out. Not to mention the whole water not mixing with electronics thing…”