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  • Defense Advanc
  • Icosystems announced that it has won a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to apply principles of swarm intelligence to the control of robotic swarms of unmanned ground vehicles, to perform indoor navigation and reconnaissance tasks. (oreilly.com)
  • NREC has extensive experience in unmanned ground vehicles, having developed the unmanned Crusher off-road vehicle for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Advanced Platform Demonstrator for TARDEC and a tactical unmanned ground vehicle, called Gladiator , for the U.S. Marines, as well as advanced off-road autonomous driving technology. (cmu.edu)
  • The vehicle will fully meet the specifications for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, which is designed to inspect, repair, and augment geosynchronous satellites and plans to include a refueling payload to extend the life of satellites that are low on propellant. (giscafe.com)
  • If you're into robotics, all roads lead to the DARPA Grand Challenge next week in the California desert, where autonomous vehicles will be vying to win a 300-mile road race and earn a $1 million prize from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. (nbcnews.com)
  • Apparently not, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which says its Autonomous Space Transport Robotic Orbitor and Next Generation Satellite are safe and sound. (typepad.com)
  • In response, the Defense Department approved funding for a new U.S. satellite project, headed by former Nazi SS officer Wernher von Braun, and created, in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to make certain that the United States forever after maintained "a lead in applying state-of-the-art technology for military capabilities and to prevent technological surprise from her adversaries. (motherjones.com)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) central United States Department of Defense agency dedicated to advancing research in areas of science and technology that may directly enhance military effectiveness. (encyclopedia.com)
  • The US government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. (jpost.com)
  • DARPA's
  • DARPA is organized around a technology branch - a branch that encompasses DARPA's Defense Sciences Office, Information Processing Technology Office, and the Microsystems Technology Office - and system branch encompassing DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, Advanced Technology Office, Information Exploitation Office, Special Projects Office, and Information Awareness Office. (encyclopedia.com)
  • So we are very pleased to have been awarded a spot in DARPA's latest robotic challenge," said Jorgen Pedersen , president and CEO of RE2, in a written statement. (bizjournals.com)
  • robot
  • Suppose you are working on a team who are building a robot for a DARPA grand challenge project -- these involve robotic vehicles. (csusb.edu)
  • Your team has a winning robot vehicle when tested in the desert but the new test involves driving in a town and following the traffic regulations correctly. (csusb.edu)
  • DARPA is looking for its mini-legged robot to cross progressively difficult terrain at increased speeds. (scientificamerican.com)
  • One thing DARPA will not do is commission a remote-controlled legged robot, which the agency believes would be impossible for one person to manage. (scientificamerican.com)
  • The competition will take place Friday and Saturday (Dec. 20-21) at the Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. The contest, designed to advance the field of robot technology , will test the capabilities of robotic creations from teams hailing from five different countries. (yahoo.com)
  • Now Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba has become the only foreign university chosen to lead a team on a track to develop control software for the DARPA robot. (jpost.com)
  • For the first part of the challenge the software must control a simulated robot in tasks such as walking across rubble, opening a door, climbing a ladder and driving a vehicle, said RE2 in a statement. (bizjournals.com)
  • pillar
  • The MIT car collided with a Passat built by researchers from Braunschweig, Germany, an Oshkosh military vehicle came within inches of crashing into a pillar, and the car from the University of Central Florida was eliminated after crashing into an abandoned building. (acm.org)
  • In an August 2003 article, Los Angeles Times reporter Charles Pillar noted that DARPA has put forth some of the "most boneheaded ideas ever to spring from the government" - including a "mechanical elephant" that never made it into the jungles of Vietnam and telepathy research that never quite afforded the U.S. the ability to engage in psychic spying. (motherjones.com)
  • robots
  • To advance to Phase II, each team had to modify the Baseline code so that on the final 3 tests of Phase I of the Government tests, robots running the team's code averaged at least 10% faster than a vehicle running the original Baseline code. (wikipedia.org)
  • The Robotics Challenge aims to foster the development of robots that could someday work alongside humans in the aftermath of disasters or emergencies, according to DARPA officials. (yahoo.com)
  • The performance of the robots will help DARPA evaluate the current state of robotics, and will also determine which teams go on to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in 2014. (yahoo.com)
  • There, the qualifying teams and their robots will compete to win a $2 million grand prize, DARPA officials said. (yahoo.com)
  • DARPA provided financial support to 13 of the teams that will compete this week, but an additional four teams are entering the competition with robots and software systems that were built entirely with their own funds. (yahoo.com)
  • The robotic designs are similarly varied, with some teams choosing two-legged humanoid robots , while others will be experimenting with machines on four or six legs, or robots mounted on tracks like a tank. (yahoo.com)
  • This technology is expected to improve the performance of robots that operate in the rough terrain and austere conditions characteristic of disasters and use vehicles and tools commonly available in populated areas. (jpost.com)
  • robotics
  • In our series on legged robotics , Scientific American Online explores the challenges such technology poses as well as two DARPA projects- BigDog and LittleDog-that have shown great promise. (scientificamerican.com)
  • A Black Hawk helicopter equipped for autonomous operation by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., delivered a Land Tamer autonomous unmanned ground vehicle from CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center to a remote site, where the vehicle performed environmental monitoring for potential contamination. (cmu.edu)
  • DARPA would contribute the robotics technology, expertise, and a Government-provided launch. (eteknix.com)
  • Before athletes from around the world gather for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, 17 robotics teams will compete for glory - and funding - this week in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. (yahoo.com)
  • The purpose of the program is really to develop technology that can help make us much more robust to both natural and man-made disasters," said Gill Pratt, program manager of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). (yahoo.com)
  • DARPA structured the challenge to encourage participation by experts in hardware and software alike since both fields are necessary to provide a realistic baseline on the current state of robotics," Pratt said in a statement. (yahoo.com)
  • The DARPA Robotics Challenge was created largely in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown , in which a crippled Japanese nuclear plant leaked 300 tons of radioactive water into the ground following a devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the region . (yahoo.com)
  • Tartan Rescue Team, lead by Tony Stentz , director of the National Robotics Engineering Center and research professor of robotics, is competing against six other teams in a track to develop a new robotic system that includes hardware and software. (bizjournals.com)
  • terrain
  • To do this, DARPA scientists created a specific terrain for LittleDog, which is equipped with sensors in each leg. (scientificamerican.com)
  • The overall result was that except for essentially open terrain with minimal obstacles, or along dirt roads, the PerceptOR vehicles were unable navigate without numerous, repeated operator intervention. (wikipedia.org)
  • In the demonstration, a Black Hawk helicopter equipped with Sikorsky's Matrix autonomy kit flew NREC's Land Tamer all-terrain vehicle, slung beneath the aircraft in a specially designed cage, to a remote area. (cmu.edu)
  • This time they want to use technology to let soldiers carry up to 220 lb in backpacks over all types of terrain,terrain vehicles can't get through, and for extended lengths of time. (machinedesign.com)
  • tasks
  • During the race, the robotic cars were required to perform a variety of tasks, including make left-hand turns across oncoming traffic and pulling into and out of tight parking spaces. (acm.org)
  • Our best robotic tools are helping, but they are not yet robust enough to function in all environments and perform the basic tasks needed to mitigate a crisis situation. (jpost.com)
  • Innovation
  • According to the CIA's annually-published World Factbook , "the US is the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels," yet the Environmental Protection Agency's "National Center for Environmental Innovation" is a far cry from a DARPA-like entity. (motherjones.com)
  • Instead of funding projects based upon traditional criteria (i.e., expectations of anticipated results), DARPA strives for innovation in technology - including areas and projects with a low probability of success. (encyclopedia.com)
  • operate
  • The President of the National Federation of the Blind read about the results of the technology and offered the challenge to the university to develop a car that would allow a blind person to operate the vehicle independently. (bellaonline.com)
  • In some cases, DARPA can operate outside of traditional Civil Service rules and procure material support for projects outside of Federal regulations related to funding, bidding, and acquisition. (encyclopedia.com)
  • DARPA does not directly operate laboratories or facilities. (encyclopedia.com)
  • ground vehicles
  • The Learning Applied to Ground Vehicles (LAGR) program, which ran from 2004 until 2008, had the goal of accelerating progress in autonomous, perception-based, off-road navigation in robotic unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). (wikipedia.org)
  • We were able to demonstrate a new technological capability that combines the strengths of air and ground vehicles," said Jeremy Searock, NREC technical project manager. (cmu.edu)
  • The teaming of unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles, as demonstrated here, has enormous potential to bring the future ground commander an adaptable, modular, responsive and smart capability that can evolve as quickly as needed to meet a constantly changing threat," said Paul Rogers, TARDEC director. (cmu.edu)
  • For example, DARPA decided to offer a substantial monetary prize to the winner of a race of fully autonomous, unmanned ground vehicles from Los Angeles to Las Vegas set for April 2004. (encyclopedia.com)
  • The five inch diameter turret weighs 1.7 pounds in the EO configuration (0.1 lb heavier for the IR version)is designed for unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, with interface to the Cloud cap plug and play operating systemcomplying with CAN or serial bus interface. (defense-update.com)
  • spacecraft
  • SIS has awarded a contract to SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, to design and build the highly capable satellite servicing spacecraft vehicle. (giscafe.com)
  • The program is conducting a three-month, on-orbit demonstration of a Next-Generation Satellite (NextSat) and a servicing vehicle known as ASTRO to prove that spacecraft can be refueled and upgraded in space. (typepad.com)
  • Darpa is attempting a three month demonstration designed to prove that spacecraft can be refueled and upgraded on orbit, extending their lifecycle and reducing the costs associated with high-risk satellite launches. (typepad.com)
  • So rather than let spacecraft which have reached the end of their projected service life fall into disrepair -- or more dangerously, let them fall into a lower orbit where they could set off Gravity -like collision reactions -- the Naval Research Laboratory has partnered with DARPA to build a satellite that fixes other satellites. (engadget.com)
  • modular
  • The vehicles' computers were preloaded with a modular "Baseline" perception and navigation system that was essentially the same system that CMU NREC had created for the PerceptOR program and was considered to represent the state-of-the-art at the inception of LAGR. (wikipedia.org)
  • technology
  • While the PerceptOR vehicles were equipped with sensors and algorithms that were state-of-the-art for the beginning of the 21st century, the limited range of their perception technology caused them to become trapped in natural cul-de-sacs. (wikipedia.org)
  • Trying to do the same thing robotically from a hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requires several technology advances. (defencetalk.com)
  • Still, Piller points out, DARPA "has been behind some of the world's most revolutionary inventions" - "the Internet, the global positioning system, stealth technology and the computer mouse. (motherjones.com)
  • For years DARPA has funded extremely unconventional, sometimes beyond-the-pale, avant-garde research in all realms of science and technology. (motherjones.com)
  • I was very intrigued when I read about technology developed that would allow a visually impaired/blind person the opportunity to experience what its like to drive a vehicle. (bellaonline.com)
  • The technology detects objects around the vehicle and sends a message to the vest. (bellaonline.com)
  • During the Cold War , DARPA placed emphasis on developing technology related to ballistic missile defense. (encyclopedia.com)
  • DARPA stealth programs include the SEA SHADOW program designed to apply stealth technology to naval vessels. (encyclopedia.com)
  • obstacles
  • Even in degraded post-disaster situations, the environment is scaled to the human world, requiring navigation of human obstacles such as doors and stairs, manipulation of human objects such as vehicles and power tools, and recognition of common human objects such as levers and valves. (jpost.com)
  • biological
  • The vehicle, equipped with sensors for detecting chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contamination, then found and surveyed several potentially contaminated sites, autonomously traversing six miles in the process. (cmu.edu)
  • system
  • Moreover, the system would also deliver upgrades to antennas, and it will do all of these things with the help of a robotic arm named "FREND. (eteknix.com)
  • A newly developed stereo vision system that tracks the emplacement target and motion of the robotic arm. (defencetalk.com)
  • space
  • the space policy white paper the campaign released last month, though, was critical of "international opportunities to cooperate in robotic explorations of Mars [that] have been squandered" by the Obama Administration, a reference to the administration's decision to withdraw from the ExoMars program with Europe. (spacepolitics.com)
  • Is the Pentagon's robotic satellite refueler lost in space? (typepad.com)
  • Two modest-sized, unmanned, robotic space vehicles (space drones) at a quarter billion each, plus whatever secret development costs accrued between 2004 and 2010. (slashdot.org)
  • The record for reusable/recoverable space vehicles. (slashdot.org)
  • DARPA, by comparison, spent about $3 billion on some 200 projects that ranged from space weapons to unmanned aerial vehicles. (motherjones.com)
  • team
  • Stentz was also a member of another CMU team, Tartan Racing , that competed in another DARPA challenge back in 2007. (bizjournals.com)
  • develop
  • Undaunted, DARPA continues to develop high-tech weapons systems for 2025-2050 and beyond - some of them standard fare like your run-of-the-mill. (motherjones.com)
  • times
  • It is not uncommon in the more volatile territories for workers to have to abandon their vehicles three or four times a day because they have come under fire. (theiet.org)
  • Said Harvard University pathologist Donald Ingber in a 2001 Los Angeles Times article, "DARPA [has] funded things that a lot of people thought were ridiculous, and some that people thought were impossible. (motherjones.com)
  • Government
  • The system's launch would be covered by DARPA and the government, but a commercial service would be needed afterwards in order to ensure its functionality in the long run. (eteknix.com)
  • challenges
  • Whitaker says the DARPA challenges are having a Sputnik-like impact on the engineering and computer science departments at many universities, which has seen increases in enrollment. (acm.org)
  • capability
  • The helicopter provides long-range capability and access to remote areas, while the ground vehicle has long endurance and high-precision sensing. (cmu.edu)
  • A special robotic arm was designed with the capability of carrying up to 1 pound. (defencetalk.com)
  • platform
  • Once the helicopter lowered the vehicle to the ground, the Land Tamer drove itself off its transport platform to commence its leg of the mission. (cmu.edu)
  • device
  • When completed, says Matt Walter, a CSAIL post-doctoral researcher with a lead role in the project, the new robotic device will provide a safer way to handle pallet-loaded supplies of everything from truck tyres to water containers and construction materials. (theiet.org)