BAE Tapped to Lead Army Micro-Robotic Effort

The Army has awarded BAE Systems a $43 million cooperative agreement extension to lead the Army Research Laboratory’s Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance for another 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, according to a BAE Systems release.

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 micro-scale integration, 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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  • jack

    I see a made rush by the enemy to buy fly swatters.

  • Lance

    Depends is this for infantry to use to counter IEDs bombs and bad guys in building or for the Government to spy on people. Scarey when you think of the latter

  • blight_

    Let DARPA do this…. :|

  • oblat

    Another operationally useless waste on money

  • rickky
  • ketr

    I bet the chinese are already copying the tech

  • Bill W

    Why give BAE any more money to waste? What have they ever delivered on-time or as requested? It’s always a bridge too far for them with the current funding, or out of scope, or you didn’t tell us that. But if you just give a little more time and money…..

  • JonescrusherSniper1
  • joe

    wish they would just drop billions of micro complex sensers across the battlefiled to cruch incoming data so that we know sea virtualy realtime threts activities ect ect

  • E.fulton

    Micro drones are the future like it or not an the smaller with the most capabilities is gonna win out/verses a live human spec.ops in a crawl space tryn to fit whatever optics an hearing devices in multiple areas of the “mission” space. And what better way to control a situation , by a meens that’s sifi to most of mainstream America an abroad . Pretty ez to operate a very small bot an deliver a shot to knock out enemy or kill him if nesasarry ..the whole while him or her thinking man I’m tired I will jus take a nap… over no loss of life except the 1who needs it….jus my opinion.