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AFRL Completes Demonstration of New Maintenance Robotic System

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing Technologies Division has showcased a new a robotic system for aircraft maintenance. The Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications or A5 robot uses sensor feedback to perform factory work in localized environments, Wright-Patterson AF Base said Thursday. The robot weighs 22,000 pounds and is expected to reduce the …

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DOE Launches Quantum Research Program; Rick Perry Comments

The Energy Department has chosen five Nanoscale Science Research Centers to submit proposals to study quantum computing and information processing methods through a potential three-year, $30 million initiative. DOE said Wednesday it will provide up to $10 million in grants per year on a competitive basis to help the NSRCs …

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Air Force Seeks Asset Security Challenge Participants

The U.S. Air Force is seeking ideas from industry and academic professionals on how to secure temporary, fixed and mobile assets as part of the military branch’s AFWERX Fusion Challenge. USAF said Tuesday the challenge represents an open innovation platform for the service branch to collaborate with potential non-military partners in areas …

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NIST Unveils New Initiative to Advance Federal Tech Transfer

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has introduced an initiative that aims to facilitate federal technology transfer in an effort to accelerate the transition of new products to market, build up the U.S. economy and support national security efforts. NIST said Tuesday it launched the Return on Investment initiative …

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Michael Griffin: DoD Plans to Field Self-Driving Vehicles to Back Army’s Logistics Operations

The Defense Department could be the first user of self-driving vehicles that run on artificial intelligence platforms in support of logistics operations, Bloomberg reported Monday. “We’re going to have self-driving vehicles in theater for the Army before we’ll have self-driving cars on the streets,” Michael Griffin, defense undersecretary for research …

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