The collaboration between Italian aerospace engineering company, Argotec, and Comau, advanced industrial automation products and systems, has presented ATENA, an innovative system aimed at testing and validating the functionality of nanosatellites.
A cockroach no bigger than a large paper clip scurries across the floor of Abhishek Dutta’s lab at the University of Connecticut. Some scientists might be shocked to see such a notorious visitor occupying their research space. But not Dutta. He watches intently as the roach moves left, and then right, then left again, as it traverses the cool tile floor. His interest is well-founded, for he is the one initiating the tiny creature’s movements with a small handheld device about 15ft away.
The first ever dedicated incubator and start-up services for entrepreneurs, professionals and enthusiasts within the drone industry have been launched by SUAS Global the world’s largest online drone network.
It has been announced by Data Device Corporation (DDC) that the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), developer of the robotic servicing payload for RSGS, has chosen DDC’s SCS750 Single Board Computer (SBC) for use on the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Though consumer-level drones have received a lot of bad press in recent times - near misses with aircraft, incidents where members of the public have been injured and flying contraband into prisons - within the defence sector, the high end versions of this technology has the potential to save lives.
By Giorgio Potenza, Strategic Market Manager for High-Rel Systems, Harwin.
NASA is keeping a vigil over its Opportunity rover as the tenacious robot has been forced to shut down its systems and enter sleep mode as a massive storm has encompassed her; the storm even bigger than the ones expected to decommission the rover over 14 years ago.
MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water’s surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In regions of high wind, the robot is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart. Where there are calmer winds, the robot can dip a keel into the water to ride like a highly efficient sailboat instead.
A team of young engineers from Grove Academy in Dundee have triumphed in an annual competition at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and will now travel to Seattle to take place in the international final. The team were taking part in the Scottish MATE ROV competition, co-ordinated and hosted by RGU, which saw nine school teams from around the country put underwater robots, which they had designed and built, through a series of missions for a place in the international final.
The engineers of the future will go head to head at Robert Gordon University this week on 25th April where they will put underwater robots, which they have designed and built, to the test as part of an annual competition.