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HEATH CONSULTANTS INC ANNOUNCES METHANE MONITORING DRONE UNDER DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ARPA-E GRANT
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Source: Physical Sciences

HOUSTON - Heath Consultants Inc, in collaboration with Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), Thorlabs, Princeton University and University of Houston, has been selected by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop and demonstrate the RMLD Sentry for continuously monitoring, locating and quantifying volumetric leak rates of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from natural gas production sites.

To reliably detect and measure methane leakage at low cost, the fully autonomous system combines: a miniaturized version of the industry-leading laser-based Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD); the InstantEye miniature quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with self-directed flight patterns; mid-infrared lasers; and advanced wind and plume models. The three-year program will test prototype units at selected field sites. The RMLD Sentry system is intended for widespread deployment to facilitate reducing the environmental impact and cost of natural gas leakage.

Source:  Heath Consultants Inc
Associated URL: http://www.heathus.com
Source Date: August 4, 2015
Posted: 08/04/2015

 
 
IROBOT RECEIVES $9.8 MILLION ORDER FOR SMALL UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLES
Monday, August 3, 2015

Source: U.S. Army

BEDFORD, Mass. - iRobot Corp has received a $9.8 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for 75 SUGV robot systems. All deliveries under the order will be completed by Q2 2016.

The iRobot SUGV is a man-portable robot with dexterous manipulator for dismounted mobile operations. A smaller and lighter version of the combat-proven iRobot PackBot, SUGV enters areas that are inaccessible or too dangerous for people, providing situational awareness and state-of-the-art technology for infantry troops, combat engineers, EOD technicians and other personnel.

"As threats persist globally, iRobot is proud to continue partnering with our defense forces to provide this life-saving technology," said Tom Frost, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot's Defense & Security business unit. "Rugged, lightweight robots like SUGV enable a safer and more effective way to conduct a variety of dangerous missions."

iRobot has delivered more than 5,000 of its defense and security robots to military and civil defense forces worldwide.

Source:  iRobot Corp
Associated URL: http://www.irobot.com
Source Date: August 3, 2015
Posted: 08/04/2015

 
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN TECHNOLOGY HELPS PILOTS AND UAS OPERATORS SHARE DATA, STAY SAFE
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Source: Aeryon Labs

ROCKVILLE, Md. - As Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) take to the skies, it is essential for safety that UAS operators and pilots are aware of each other. To help provide this shared situational awareness, Lockheed Martin (LMT) has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that is available to the UAS community now.

Lockheed Martin's online Flight Service Pilot Web feeds flight plan information directly to the Federal Aviation Administration's National Airspace System (NAS) today. UAS operators now have an option of reporting operating areas via this system. UAS operators and pilots may access the system through the Lockheed Martin Flight Service Pilot Portal.

Lockheed Martin is developing additional UTM capabilities in collaboration with several industry stakeholders including the NASA UTM research project through a Space Act information sharing agreement. These capabilities include standards-based software interfaces that allow UAS ground control stations and other UTM platforms to interact directly with Lockheed Martin's UTM system; monitoring of UAS to determine if they remain in their intended operating area; and notification of air traffic control when UAS encroach on controlled airspace. Lockheed Martin is also developing capabilities to support beyond line-of-sight UAS operations through ground-based detect and avoid capabilities.

Source:  www.lockheedmartin.com
Associated URL: www.1800wxbrief.com
Source Date: August 4, 2015
Posted: 08/04/2015

 

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