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MURI program – improving UAV agility in complex environments

By Damir Beciri
29 July 2012

muri-projectThe Office of Naval Research (ONR) funded a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program which examines birds’ perceptual and maneuvering abilities when flying at high speeds through complex environments, such as forests or urban settings in order to improve performance of small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in those settings. Aside increasing their agility, these small UAVs… »

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Robojelly – a robot inspired by moon jellyfish

By Damir Beciri
One Comment23 November 2011

aurelia-auritaEngineers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VirginiaTech) have used inspiration from nature and developed a robot whose design and motion patterns resemble moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). Named Robotjelly, the robot was developed for the U.S. Office of Naval Research back in 2009, and its latest improved iteration was presented at the 2011 meeting… »


MAGS – a new type of energy-efficient waste disposal system

By Damir Beciri
16 November 2011

magsLarge navy vehicles can carry several thousands of marines, making them little floating cities. In order to solve the problem with trash at remote forward operating bases (FOB) which burry or burn the waste. In partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Marines at Camp Smith, Hawaii, are testing a high-tech trash disposal system that… »

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Hull Bio-mimetic Underwater Grooming (Hull BUG)

By Damir Beciri
3 September 2009

hull-bugAs researchers around the world work to uncover new materials to combat marine biofouling, the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is supporting the development of novel approaches that are proving to be effective at biofouling prevention. In fact, the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock (NSWCCD) estimates that biofouling reduces vessel speed by up… »