These last couple weeks have been crammed full of more robots than humans like us can reasonably be expected to handle. So, you'll have to forgive us while we wade through massive amounts of incredibly extraordinarily SUPER COOL robot stuff, and you can expect several weeks worth of brand new stuff from ICRA and more. That's not happening today, though, because of course today is Video Friday!
One of the highlights of the week this week was a Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) launching from an aircraft carrier. We've seen this thing launch from a simulated carrier (using a real catapult), but somehow, watching it fly off of a giant boat into the wild blue yonder and then make a coffee-spill-inducing pass back over the deck makes it real:
Of course, the tricky (trickier) part, still to be demonstrated, is landing on the carrier (the drone in the video above landed at a naval base in Maryland). In a previous test, the X-47B managed to catch an arresting cable on land in practice, but doing on a ship that's moving around enough to make people like me seasick is another matter entirely.
Via [ FlightGlobal ]
ROS Industrial is celebrating its oneyeariversary, and they've put together this video montage to celebrate:
[ ROS Industrial ]
That skittery little STAR robot from UC Berkeley can carry a camera along with it, and here's what it sees:
[ CMDragons ]
The Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory has been experimenting with using clay as a medium for controlling swarms of robots:
The best part? The control system is edible! Yum!
[ GRITS Lab ]
Personally, I've never had an issue with a PR2 invading my space (in a bad way), but if you have, there's now a new upgrade to the ROS navigation stack that helps robots freak you out less:
[ Willow Garage ]
Eventually, the robot will be able to clamber around on its own, autonomously navigating and building 3D models as it goes. Now, how about we try it with a Grizzly?
[ UTIAS ]
Here's your Mars Science Laboratory rover update, with an explanation of how the drilling system handles sample material, provided by a dude in dark sunglasses who seems to be wearing a James Bond shirt. MSL is getting ready to drill into her second piece of Mars rock:
[ MSL ]
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