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BOEING CONTRACTS WITH ROLLS-ROYCE FOR UCAV ENGINE
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Boeing will equip its MQ-25 Stingray unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) with a Rolls-Royce engine. The new UCAV will operate from U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The Pentagon believes the UCAV is a revolutionary combat capability.

On August 30, the U.S. Navy selected Boeing to build the MQ-25 Stingray, awarding an $805 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development of four prototype air vehicles. The Navy could acquire 72 MQ-25s, but this program could result in the manufacture of more than 200 UCAVs.

The MQ-25 will refuel fighters, allowing strike aircraft to remain aloft longer and fly farther from a carrier. The MQ-25 Stingray contract could be worth $20 billion.

Source:  Indianapolis Business Journal
Associated URL: https://www.ibj.com/articles/71702-in-major-deal-with-boeing-rolls-royce-to-make-engines-for-new-unmanned-navy-aircraft
Source Date: December 18, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
NURO AND KROGER LAUNCH FIRST-EVER UNMANNED DELIVERY SERVICE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Kroger and Nuro launch first-ever unmanned delivery service

Source: Nuro


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SCOTTSDALE -- Nuro and The Kroger Co. has announced the launch of the first-ever unmanned delivery service available to the general public.

Since August, the companies have operated a self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ with an autonomous Prius fleet accompanied by vehicle operators. The autonomous vehicles have completed nearly one thousand deliveries to the general public.

With today's launch, the fleet is expanding to include Nuro's custom unmanned vehicle known as the R1. The R1 travels on public roads and has no driver, no passengers and only transports goods. Nuro has been developing the R1 since 2016, and announced its partnership with Kroger, America's largest supermarket retailer, in June.

"Nuro envisions a world without errands, where everything is on-demand and can be delivered affordably. Operating a delivery service using our custom unmanned vehicles is an important first step toward that goal," explained Nuro President and co-founder Dave Ferguson.

"Kroger customers are looking for new, convenient ways to feed their families and purchase the products they need quickly through services like pickup and delivery," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer. "Our autonomous delivery pilot with Nuro over the past few months continues to prove the benefit of the flexible and reliable technology. Through this exciting and innovative partnership, we are delivering a great customer experience and advancing Kroger's commitment to redefine the grocery experience by creating an ecosystem that offers our customers anything, anytime, and anywhere."

Kroger experienced 60 percent digital sales growth in the third quarter, and its seamless coverage area now reaches more than 90 percent of customer households.

Source:  Kroger Co.
Associated URL: http://ir.kroger.com/File/Index?KeyFile=396134793
Source Date: December 18, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN DEMONSTRATES AQS-24B MINE HUNTING CAPABILITY AT AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR 2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Northrop Grumman Corp. AQS-24B mine hunting system demonstrated the benefits of performing mine warfare from a high-speed, unmanned surface vessel (USV) at the Royal Australian Navy-sponsored Autonomous Warrior 2018 exercise in Jervis Bay, Australia.

The Northrop Grumman remote controlled Mine Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessel (MHU), with the AQS-24B mine hunting sensor, demonstrated a safe standoff mine hunting and undersea surveillance capability targeted at addressing three key aspects of the mine warfare challenge: reducing the mine clearance timeline; accurate detection, localization, classification and identification of undersea objects of interest; and improving crew safety by keeping the sailor out of the minefield. The AQS-24B system includes the world’s first combined operational High-Speed Synthetic Aperture Sonar and an optical laser line scan sensor, which provides complete coverage out to maximum range on a single pass. The real time analysis capability demonstrated how unmanned systems can augment manned mine warfare operations.

"The demonstration highlighted Northrop Grumman’s leading role in proving the operational utility of unmanned maritime systems in the mine warfare domain," said Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman. "At operational speeds significantly higher than other mine hunting systems on the market, the USV/AQS-24B combination successfully completed a number of scenarios and challenges that were set by the Royal Australian Navy’s exercise command task group."

The MHU was outfitted with L3 ASV's 'ASView' unmanned control system. The system provided the capability to control the vessel from a remote location with minimal human oversight. ASView's situational awareness displays provided the remote captain full control and awareness to safely execute dynamic demands of mine warfare missions.

"L3 ASV is excited to be supporting Northrop Grumman’s mine hunting system with our unmanned surface vehicle technology," said Larry Karl, vice president and general manager, L3 ASV. "This operation has demonstrated the flexibility of the system which will enable it to support future mine hunting and defense applications."

Source:  Northrop Grumman
Associated URL: https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-demonstrates-aqs-24b-mine-hunting-and-undersea-surveillance-capability-at-autonomous-warrior-2018-jervis-bay-australia
Source Date: December 17, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 

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