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Laser gun fired from US navy ship

2011-04-12
Laser gun fired from US navy ship
The US Navy has fired a laser gun from one of its ships for the first time. Researchers used the high-energy laser (HEL) to disable a boat by setting fire to its engines off the coast of California. Similar systems had previously been tested on land, however moist sea air presented an extra challenge as it reduces a beam's power. The navy said that ship-borne lasers could eventually be used to protect vessels from small attack boats.

Unmanned systems to help Japan during crysis

2011-03-23
Unmanned systems to help Japan during crysis
The Japanese government has asked for robot assistance specifically for the crisis at its nuclear plant. American Unmanned Vehicle Systems International has been working with the U.S. State Department about this specific request.
They have received the following requirements on UAS capabilities to support reactor cooling operations. The Japanese government has requested:

KONGSBERG Hugin 1000 completes world's longest multi-sensor AUV pipeline inspection

2011-03-21
KONGSBERG Hugin 1000 completes world's longest multi-sensor AUV pipeline inspection
KONGSBERG has completed the world's longest multi-sensor AUV pipeline survey using one of its cutting-edge HUGIN 1000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). The pipeline inspection took place February 9th - 11th 2011, in the Hjelte fjord near Bergen, Norway and the HUGIN 1000 was operated from the Royal Norwegian Navy vessel HNoMS Maloy.

2nd Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle X-37B begins flight

2011-03-21
2nd Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle X-37B begins flight
Boeing announced the successful launch of the second Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) for the US Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The OTV was launched on an Atlas V rocket into a low-Earth orbit today at 5:46 p.m.

Cougar10-L all-terrain mini-robot with sense-through-the-wall imager launched

2011-02-19
Cougar10-L all-terrain mini-robot with sense-through-the-wall imager launched
TiaLinx, Inc., a developer of miniaturized mm-wave radars with integrated radio and antenna arrays, today announced the launch of the Cougar10-L.

Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) leading the way for a new class of ocean-going unmanned surface vessels (USVs)

2011-02-19
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) leading the way for a new class of ocean-going unmanned surface vessels (USVs)
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV), leading the way for a new class of ocean-going unmanned surface vessels (USVs).

First flight Fire-X

2011-02-18
First flight Fire-X
Developed by Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter, Fire-X, a vertical unmanned air system (VUAS) completed its first fully autonomous flight at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. on Dec 16, 2010, less than one year after development began.

A wayward unmanned aerial vehicle

2011-02-18
A wayward unmanned aerial vehicle
So-heres a first. On Tuesday, a wayward unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in a residential area of El Paso, Texas, about a half mile inside the U.S. border. It landed in a backyard apparently, and no one was hurt and no property was damaged.

Northrop Grumman's X-47B (UCAS-D) successfully took off

2011-02-15
Northrop Grumman's X-47B (UCAS-D) successfully took off
4 Feb. 2010, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Northrop Grumman's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) successfully took off climbing up to 1500m. high, being airborne about half an hour. The flight provided test data to verify and validate system software for guidance and navigation, and the aerodynamic control of the tailless design.


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