Unmanned Systems

AGVs, UGVs, UAVs, and UUVs are just some of the unmanned systems relying on machine vision and mapping for increasing levels of autonomy. Unmanned systems include mobile robots in warehouses, drones in the air or underwater, and self-driving cars on the streets. See how these autonomous vehicles are improving and how they're being used.

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AeroVironment Quickly Beating Swords into Ploughshares

AeroVironment Quickly Beating Swords into Ploughshares

When UAVs wing home from their war duties, what then becomes of them? Historically, as conflicts begin to wane, the Department of Defense reels in its wartime spending and the cutbacks begin, part of which will mean far fewer orders...

Robot to Robot: Dragon and Space Station Meet Up

Robot to Robot: Dragon and Space Station Meet Up

For the first time, a private American company has successfully launched a spacecraft into orbit and berthed it with the International Space Station?an achievement of historic scientific and technological significance and a key milepost in President Obama?s vision for America?s...

Robots Descend On Munich For Four-day Show & Tell

Robots Descend On Munich For Four-day Show & Tell

AUTOMATICA is the very first international event that brings together all branches of the robotics and automation industry under the same roof to exhibit innovations in their fields. The theme of AUTOMATICA 2012 is "Automation Solutions and Innovations" in all...

Satellite House Calls By Robot Space Doctor

Satellite House Calls By Robot Space Doctor

ViviSat's Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) is designed to dock with the orbiting satellite, securely latch on to it, and serve as a back-up propulsion system. This enables a mission extension for satellites which have run out of maneuvering fuel yet...

$262M For Fire Scout Robot Choppers

$262M For Fire Scout Robot Choppers

According to press reports, the upgraded Fire Scout will provide greater range, endurance and payload capacity as compared to its predecessor. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade has been designated as the MQ-8C.

AeroVironment: Missed Estimates Cause Stock Stumble. Rebound Ahead?

AeroVironment: Missed Estimates Cause Stock Stumble. Rebound Ahead?

AeroVironment recently developed the smallest unmanned aerial vehicle to date. Named one of the "50 best innovations of 2011" by TIME Magazine, the Nano Hummingbird was designed by AeroVironment as a compact surveillance unit capable of covert and controlled observation.