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Mawashi UPRISE Exoskeleton

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Last year we introduced the Mawashi UPRISE Exoskeleton to you. It’s an human powered system, designed to reduce injuries and fatigue.

This video shows Mawashi personnel demonstrating the Exoskeleton in various Simulated Training and Operational Environments, including:

·         Gait Kinematics Analysis in Biomechanical Laboratory
·         Obstacle Course Training
·         Close-Quarter Combat (CQC) / Close-Quarter Battle (CQB)
·         Tactical Urban Rappelling
·         Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Environment
·         Amphibious Assault with Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC)
·         Stealth Amphibious Operations with Closed-Circuit Rebreather
·         Scouting & Patrolling in Woodland Environment
·         Rapid Mobile Assault with Lightweight Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV)
·         Long-Range Sniper Reconnaissance & Infiltration with Ghillie Suit
·         Tactical Mountain Rappelling
·         Emergency Exfiltration under Heavy Mortar Fire
·         Open Ground Firefight with Assault Rifle

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Team Polaris Unveils MRZR X

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

 

MINNEAPOLIS and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (February 6, 2018) — Team Polaris is displaying its advanced MRZR® X multi-mode, connected vehicle platform for the first time this week at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems show. As military forces worldwide look to lighten the warfighter’s load now and smartly network vehicles in the multi-domain battlefield in the coming years, the MRZR X provides an evolving, robotics capable, multi-mission platform. In addition, the MRZR X provides worldwide commonality with the MRZRs already in service in the U.S. and more than 30 allied nations.

“The MRZR is the preferred platform among infantry units and Special Forces worldwide, which helps make its integration and the transition from manned to unmanned systems easier for the warfighter,” said John Olson, PhD, vice president and general manager of Polaris Government and Defense. “The MRZR X maintains the MRZR mission profile and payload our customers are accustomed to, plus it has additional robotic and networked capabilities to further support warfighters.”

The MRZR X provides warfighters with a modular support platform and various modes of operation: traditional operator driving and multiple levels of autonomy, including the capability for remote control, teleoperation, follow-me, leader-follower and full autonomy. This allows the MRZR X to enhance and evolve mobility in varying roles, such as robotic equipment mule, autonomous resupply, warfighter-driven squad carrier, logistics support vehicle, rescue missions and high-speed casualty evacuation. In the future, the connectivity of the MRZR X will provide the ability to act as a networked node in the multi-domain battlespace.

ARA has been producing Modular Robotic Applique Kits (M-RAKs) for more than 20 years, with a specialty in off-road robotics, further enhanced by the acquisition of Neya Systems. The advanced MRZR X fully integrates the autonomy systems and optimally places the sensors to safeguard the technology while keeping the physical and software architecture open so it can spiral in future technology. The vehicle drivetrain is powerful and reliable, allowing for longer missions, high speeds and silent drive when needed – all on the very familiar, sustainable and intuitive MRZR platform.

Polaris Industries Inc., Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) and Neya Systems LLC formally teamed in 2017. The Team Polaris MRZR® X evolves squad mobility with advanced unmanned systems technology from ARA and the pioneering and unsurpassed autonomous systems behavior of Neya Systems. Team Polaris has many pursuits – together and individually – with U.S. services, allied militaries and commercial programs.

Team Polaris Stands Out in Army SMET Program

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017


Polaris, ARA and Neya Systems Collaborate with MRZR® X Submission

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MINNEAPOLIS and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (September 25, 2017) — Polaris Industries Inc., Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) and Neya Systems LLC have teamed to provide the U.S. Army with an elite platform for the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program: the Team Polaris MRZR® X, that will evolve squad mobility with advanced unmanned systems technology from ARA and the pioneering and unsurpassed autonomous systems behavior of Neya Systems.

“The MRZR X provides a modular, multi-mission platform for the U.S. Army’s SMET program to provide squad overmatch, no matter what the mission. It is based on the very familiar Polaris MRZR platform – and creates an optionally manned platform,” said John Olson, PhD, vice president and general manager of Polaris Government and Defense. “Off-road autonomy is challenging, but no one does off-road better than Polaris. And absolutely no one does off-road robotics and autonomy better than ARA and Neya Systems.”

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The modular MRZR is a prolific and preferred platform among infantry units in the U.S. and more than 25 allied countries, which helps make its integration and the transition from manned to unmanned vehicles easier for the Army and the soldier. The MRZR X maintains the same mission profile the Army is accustomed to, with additional capabilities for the soldiers that exceed SMET base requirements.

ARA is an employee-owned scientific research and engineering company that acquired Neya Systems earlier this year. Neya Systems is known for their development of unmanned systems for defense, homeland security, and commercial users. Neya Systems staff, under the continued leadership of Parag Batavia, PhD, have been recognized worldwide for their contributions in advanced unmanned systems technology, including Batavia’s development of open architecture used universally by the Department of Defense.

“With the combined skills and expertise of Neya Systems and ARA, we’re able to bring world-class robotic solutions to Team Polaris to provide the U.S. soldier with advanced capabilities, a lightened physical load, and increased situational awareness to equip them for the multi-domain battlefield,” says ARA’s President and CEO, Rob Sues, PhD.

Australia’s Diggerworks Studies Exoskeletons

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Diggerworks is undertaking a feasibility study to determine the potential utility of a passive exoskeleton for ADF dismounted close combatants. The intended purpose of the systems is to transfer the weight burden of the soldiers’ carried equipment directly to the ground, helping the dismounted soldier arrive at their destination less fatigued and ready for battle.

As part of the exoskeleton trial, participants were fitted with a surrogate suit made of 3D printed plastic. The surrogate suit was fitted to ensure measurements were correct prior to manufacturing titanium suits.

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This looks to be the Mawashi UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton we recently covered.

© Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence, Photo: CAPT Brendan Gilbert

Endeavor Robotics Will Be At Booth 2021 At SOFIC

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

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Endeavor Robotics is a Massachusetts-based robotics company which is a designer and supplier of robots for Defense, Law Enforcement, and industrial industries worldwide. They will be at SOFIC 2017, Booth 2021, displaying the Kobra system with integrated Remote Operated Weapons Mount System from Precision Remote, along with their uPoint Multi-Robot Control System.

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AFCEA TechNet 2015 – Cyphy Works – PARC

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

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This is a cool man portable drone that is tether-powered up to 500′ for persistent ISR surveillance. No need for helium or aerostat techs. While it is not silent, it does not present that “barrage balloon” visual signature that provides instant recognition and navigation landmarks for smelly bearded men for miles around.

The interface and controls are automated. Joe doesn’t need to be a professional or trained drone pilot. Punch in the altitude desired on the laptop software control console and up it goes. Stable to about 35 kts. The whole system can be packed into airline checkable cases.

www.cyphyworks.com

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Black Diamond Advanced Technology Receives Contract To Develop Ground Robotic Operator Control Unit

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

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Chandler, AZ – Black Diamond Advanced Technology has been selected by Carnegie Robotics, LLC to develop an Operator Control Unit (OCU) for ground robotic command and control applications.

Leveraging existing technology from its ultra-rugged, combat-proven Modular Tactical System product family, Black Diamond Advanced Technology will design, develop and prototype a chest-mounted / handheld controller according to Carnegie Robotics specifications for next-generation autonomous mine detection and similar unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications.

“The OCU will allow Carnegie Robotics end-customers’ the ability to safely and accurately manage their UGVs with an intuitive human-machine interface (HMI) device that takes advantage of BDATech’s legacy of cutting-edge human factors experience as a leading defense electronics OEM”, says Norman Lange, director of product development at Black Diamond Advanced Technology. Engineering design services and material deliveries will be performed from now into calendar year 2016.

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Congrats guys!

SOFIC 2015 – VBSS Robot from Helical Robotics / MATBOCK / Kopis Mobile

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Just when you think you can pin MATBOCK down they do something like this.  As former SEALs, the maritime environment is their domain and the necessity of a way to scale the sides of ships was the inspiration for this new VBSS robot.  
MATBOCK teamed with Helical Robotics who holds four patents on robots that can scale vertical obstacles. Then, they worked with hometown team Kopis Mobile to integrate streaming video. the result is a robot that will go right up the side of a ship’s hull to emplace hooks and ladders as well as conduct reconnaissance.