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Sailors To Pilot 27-Foot Drone For Training

Drive a Robot half a mile under the waves! The NAVY Times reports that the NAVY is taking a significant step forward in the development of underwater drones, according to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Washington State. Sailors will be able to pilot battery …

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Air and Ground Robots Working Together

A research team at Yonsei University in Korea is creating new technologies for coordinating the actions of air and ground robots without GPS or expensive sensors.

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AUVSI Attendee Profile Tells a Story of Robotics

Attendee representation at a recent AUVSI conference on UAS technology in Las Vegas suggests the dominance of commercial applications vs. military ones at this time.

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Marilyn Monroe, UAV Pioneer

Marilyn Monroe was working on UAV technology in WWII at the time that she was discovered and became a serious actress in Hollywood. These are little known photos of her before she transitioned to Hollywood.

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Coyote UAS Storm Observer 1st Test Flight

The Coyote unmanned aircraft system will fly into hurricanes and major storm fronts to gather meteorological data and measure wind conditions. It is parachute-dropped from a P-3 aircraft in a "sonobuoy" that opens in the air and releases the UAV to proceed on its mission.

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Chinese “Big Dog” Revealed

The Chinese military recently revealed their counterpart to the Boston Dynamics Big Dog "pack mule" quadruped robot designed to carry supplies over rough terrain, walking along with troops.

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Squirmy Robot Shakes off Any Abuse!

A rubbery robot with no skeleton moves through snow, mud and ice, and is impervious to fire and bounces back even if run over by a car!

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Vertical Take-Off and Landing Robot Advance!

New vertical take-off and landing aircraft UAV design developed by NASA is said to be 4X more efficient than conventional helicopters. The key is distributing the power across many small electric propulsion systems on the UAV.

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RoboSub 2014 in San Diego

Autonomous submarines designed by students from over two dozen countries competed at the recent Robosub event held in San Diego's Transdeck pool, a U.S. NAVY facility. Subs were tasked with finding a target using vision technology, then hovering nearby. A full report will be in an upcoming issue of Robot magazine.

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Clearpath Robotics Against “Killer Robots”

Canadian-based robot company Clearpath is the world's first robotics firm to pledge not to make "Killer Robots."

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BotIr the Robot Butler

CNBC reports that " Botlr" the robot butler will be assisting Starwood hotel staff and attending to the needs of guests in a variety of ways. Botlr will be delivering toothpaste, newspapers and snacks to guest rooms, directing people to dining areas and generally helping out.

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JADE RABBIT MOON ROVER CONTINUES WORKING

China's space agency reports that the Jade Rabbit Lunar rover continues to operate and return scientific data months beyond its scheduled mission end, despite facing tough conditions with wild temperature changes.

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NEW GENERAL ATOMICS ADVANCED UAV COCKPIT

At the recent July 2014 Farnborough International Air Show, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced a next generation remote cockpit for controlling UAVs remotely.

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