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BAE awarded Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology extension program

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BAE awarded Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology extension program

Posted on 07 March 2013 by admin

BAE Systems has been awarded a $43 million cooperative agreement extension to lead the Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance for an additional five years. As a result, the company will have a significant role working with the MAST Alliance’s team of scientists from the U.S. Army, academia, and industry as it advances bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces. The goal of the research is to enable small robotic platforms – that would be used by individual soldiers – to remotely perform surveillance within complex urban environments and terrain.

“The technologies being developed under MAST will support products that extend soldiers’ capabilities while keeping them out of harm’s way,” said Bill Devine, MAST’s strategic development manager for BAE Systems. “We are proud to continue our successful collaboration with the ARL on the next phase of this exciting program.”

The second phase of the MAST program continues the research, development and integration of several key areas including micro-scale aeromechanics and ambulation; propulsion; sensing, autonomy, communications, navigation, and control; and microscale integration, among others, enabling several different mission-capable robotic platforms.

“Our recent review by the MAST Research Management Board received high marks for the quality and success of the research conducted over the past five years contributing greatly to the decision to award the five year option to extend the program,” said Dr. Brett Piekarski, ARL MAST Consortium manager.

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Euronaval: Sagem introduces BlueNaute™ shipborne inertial navigation system

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Euronaval: Sagem introduces BlueNaute™ shipborne inertial navigation system

Posted on 22 October 2012 by admin

Sagem is introducing its new BlueNaute™ attitude and heading reference system for shipborne applications at Euronaval 2012.

 

BlueNaute™ is based on a hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG) technology that is patented by Sagem. It is at the heart of a system that is fully suited to commercial shipping needs, and in compliance with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization and the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) treaty.

 

Offering MTBF (mean time between failure) exceeding 100,000 hours, and extended lifetime, BlueNaute™ signals a major improvement in maintainability and total cost of ownership compared with the previous generation of maritime navigation equipment.

 

Sagem draws on 60 years of global experience in civil and military navigation systems to expand its product offering with this innovative HRG-based technology, which complements the laser gyro technology used in its Sigma 40 family of navigation systems.

 

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