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AMREL now offers a full line of turn-key, fully rugged avionics solutions, complete with integrated MIL-STD-1553 cards. Form factors for stand-alone solutions include tablets, laptops, and handhelds. AMREL mobile avionic solutions directly communicate to aircrafts without an intermediate server. “It’s really a question of capabilities,” explained Kalvin Chen, AMREL’s VP of Operations. “AMREL is known […]
Below is a selfie taken by the Rosetta spacecraft, as it approaches a comet. Not only can you see the dumbbell-shaped comet in the upper background, but one of the spacecraft’s solar arrays are visible. Rosetta will deliver its lander, Philae, to the comet on November 12. This is the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on a comet. […]
Ground wars are winding down (kind of, maybe), so the speeded-up acquisition process for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) is slowing down. However, American soldiers are still performing explosive ordnance disposal. Not only do they want their UGVs, but they also want them souped-up with more reliable communications, common controllers, and delivery trucks that automatically unload. And they […]
When you play a first-person shooter game, did you ever wish you were firing a real gun? In a real war? These plucky Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels made this fantasy real. Their homemade tank has a .50 machine gun whose Operator Control Unit (OCU) is a PlayStation controller. Look out Assad and ISIL; the […]
The unmanned community has been demoralized by the tightening of the Defense money spigot. Specifically, many are concerned that American leadership in this important field will fall behind as the Defense funding decreases. In a previous post, this blog reviewed “The Looming Robotics Gap” (Foreign policy) and found its fears of failing American unmanned superiority […]
It’s a familiar scenario. After an encounter with a policeman, someone lies dead or is severely beaten. Citizens complain about police violence, while the police claim they were acting in self-defense. It almost doesn’t matter who is telling the truth; suspicions build between law enforcement and the community that they are sworn to protect. The […]
Installing a sensor network in an extensive cave system is no picnic. Scientists need to haul hundreds of pounds of equipment through wet mud, narrow passageways, and steep vertical inclines.
Flexible Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) are nothing new, but this is one of the first to operate successfully untethered outside a laboratory environment. Is this robot cute or creepy? You decide. [layerslider id="31"]
Along with 6 other states, California is considering mandating warrants for police surveillance by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Exceptions include “fires, hostage crises, chases, and search and rescue.” What about crowd control? Policemen once told me that this was the number one application for which they wanted UAVs. Observing a demonstration (especially if it’s legal) […]
When I researched this article about Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) training, I couldn’t help thinking about communities near Tijuana in which the the homes are built out of discarded garage doors. Garage doors aren’t the first thing anyone thinks of when building a house, but the people near the border didn’t have building materials. […]