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X-47B UCAS-D Makes Historic Carrier Landing

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . On July 10, Northrop Grumman’s X-47B’s aircraft completed an important catapult launch and landing from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush while using Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system software platform. This launch and landing is …

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DARPA ATLAS Humanoid Robot is Here

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” Get ready for endless “Atlas Shrugged” jokes in the media. DARPA has made the first official news release showing video of their new ATLAS humanoid robot. ATLAS was built by Boston Dynamics and …

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Shadow Test Marks UAS Control Segment’s Flight Debut

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . A recent U.S. Army Shadow unmanned aircraft flight marked a major milestone for the development of the UAS Control Segment (UCS) architecture, which aims to establish common control between Army, Air Force and Navy UAS. Go …

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EUROCONTROL Update

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . The July EUROCONTROL Corporate newsletter includes an update on their UAS integration efforts. According to the newsletter, 15 European countries are now conducting routine small UAS operations under visual line-of-sight operations, and some have even allowed …

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NASA Bill Calls for More UAS Data Cooperation

Courtesy of: “Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International” . . On 8 July, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), introduced the 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization bill (H.R. 2616). The bill would continue NASA’s cooperative work with the FAA and other federal agencies on the …

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Evolutionary Robotics

Now imagine if you could teach your robot what to do. Evolutionary Robotics seeks to present a method of doing just that. The book was published in 2000; a bit ahead of its time, but the then advanced concepts are now starting to become necessary in the mainstream. The book will challenge you to make a leap in thinking about how you build control programs for your robots.

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Random Robot Roundup

If you have a lot of hobby robot experience combined with business experience, New Jersey tool-making company Micro Mark might be looking for you.

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CMU Team Places 2nd at RoboCup 2013

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” According to a CMU news release, CMU’s robot soccer team, the CMDragons, placed second in the RoboCup 2013 finales mid-sized league. They were beaten by the ZJUNlict team from China’s Zhejiang University. In …

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Robotics by Invitation: Send us your questions!

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” For the past six months a panel of robotics experts has been answering monthly questions on robotics for Robotics by Invitation. For example, this month’s question was “What would you research if you …

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DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge Winners

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” Remember that big DARPA Robotics Challenge for humanoid robots that we posted about in October 2012? The first phase, known as the Virtual Robotics Challenge, is now complete. Tim Smith over at the …

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Robots As Potential Colleagues And Friends

LOVING THE MACHINE: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots by Timothy Hornyak Kodansha International, Ltd., First Edition, 2006 Author Timothy Hornyak, on the opening page of this wondrous and charming work, talks about his first encounters with robots in Japan. This is enthralling prose, and …

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Basic Robot Building With LEGO Minstorms NXT 2.0

Robots already vacuum our floors, help dispose of bombs and are exploring Mars. But in his new book, “Robot Futures,” Illah Nourbakhshs, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, argues that robots are not just wondrous machines, but a new species that bridges the material and digital worlds.

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2013 Multi Rotor Challenge Gallery

On the second day of the March 23 – 24, The 2013 Multirotor Challenge was held at the Palomar RC Flyers field in Fallbrook, CA. A feature article on the event will appear in the July-August 2013 Issue of Robot Magazine, www.botmag.com. The event was hosted by Lucien Miller of www.innov8tivedesigns.com and cosponsored 3D Robotics, Aeroquad, Scorpion Motors, DIY Drones and many more. For details, please visit www.multirotorchallenge.com.

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