The Unmanned Farmer

Farms grow more than just food.  For the last couple of years, one of the biggest crops has been unmanned systems. Click here to read about it.

AMREL at AUVSI Interoperability Conference

Don’t miss Ron McMahan, AMREL’s Vice President of Engineering Solutions, speaking at the UGV interoperability session on Tuesday, November 1.  From October 31 to November 3, AMREL will be at booth #6, discussing our latest interoperable robotic control solutions.  Click here to learn more about the conference. See you in San Diego!

AMREL on Wired.com

Wired has a video featuring MESA’s amazing ACER UGV as well as its autonomy programming, which was created by the folks at 5D.  At the 5 minute, 20 second mark of the video, you can see the AMREL laptop that’s serves as ACER’s Operator Control Unit.  Check out Exclusive Video: Robot Mini-Tank Battles Homemade Bombs

Unmanned Vehicle Abuse

With tongue firmly placed in cheek, Military’s & Aerospace Electronics Report’s John Keller expresses his concern about the latest social ill. After viewing the numerous displays of  rugged, ”throwable” robots at the recent AUVSI gathering, he worries about Unmanned Vehicle Abuse. Video below.

The Incredibly Shrinking UGV

In the early days of the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, US forces had no effective countermeasures against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), the single biggest cause of combat deaths. To fight the IED threat, our armed forces turned to Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV).

It’s hard to remember now, but UGVs barely existed 10 years ago. The Defense community abandoned the traditionally leisurely pace of decades-long weapons development and quickly flooded combat theaters with thousands of UGVs. In 2011, the world’s governments are projected to spend $702 million a year on UGVs.  Below is a chart comparing a few UGVs. Read more