BAE Systems Furthers Micro-robotics Development with Army Research Laboratory Contract Extension

  BAE Systems Furthers Micro-robotics Development with Army Research
  Laboratory Contract Extension

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MERRIMACK, N.H. -- March 5, 2013

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 Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) collaborative continues the
development of future ...

The Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) collaborative continues the
development of future technology in order to help bring the warfighter home
safely. (Photo: BAE Systems)

"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.

BAE Systems, in cooperation with primary research labs from the University of
Maryland, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and the
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, will lead the effort for the ARL into 2017.

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