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Sarcos Defense Wins Air Force Research Laboratory Contract for Collaborative Sensing
Sarcos Defense has been awarded a DoD contract to develop a system that can quickly spot, follow, and identify objects. It could also help civilian robotics applications.

Nordic Unmanned to Buy 55% of Shares in ‘Drone in a Box’ Provider DroneMatrix
Nordic Unmanned said its investment in DroneMatrix will strengthen their European market share, serve multiple verticals, and accelerate DroneMatrix's technology development.

Robotics and AI Wave Likely to Continue, Says Investment Expert
From self-driving cars to humanoid robots, numerous technologies are vying for investment, but see which ones solve business problems, says Indxx Managing Partner Rahul Sen Sharma.

Qualcomm Unveils Next-Gen 5G, Edge AI Systems for Autonomous Mobile Robots and Drones
Qualcomm said its new Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and RB5 AMR Reference Design will bring 5G and edge AI to systems for industrial automation, delivery, urban air mobility, and more.

Fictiv Raises Series E Funding to Accelerate Digital Manufacturing Adoption
Fictiv, which has raised $100 million, said its digital manufacturing ecosystem can rapidly deliver pricing, design feedback, and manufacturing and business services to speed time to market.

Clearpath Robotics and Open Robotics Launch TurtleBot 4 With ROS 2 Support
Clearpath and Open Robotics have been collaborating for 10 years, and TurtleBot 4 is the first version of the open-source mobile robot development platform to support ROS 2 out of the box.

Sarcos Closes Acquisition of RE2, Establishes Pittsburgh Presence
Sarcos, which has developed teleoperated and wearable systems for industrial uses such as inspections, will add RE2's mobile manipulation systems to its robotics-as-a-service portfolio.

Stratom Launches Summit Off-Road Autonomy Platform for Vehicles in Complex Environments
Stratom said its new Summit modular software platform is designed for flexibility, safety, and easy implementation of autonomous systems for indoor, outdoor, and off-road applications.

10 MassRobotics Resident Startups to Watch
MassRobotics' headquarters and co-working space in Boston's Seaport District hosts numerous innovative startups. Here's a look at several from a recent site visit.

Nonprofit Noblis Awarded Patent for Autonomous Machine Coordination System for Federal Use
Nonprofit organization Noblis announced it has won a patent for a new system aimed to better manage autonomous fleets on the ground, in the air, or on the water.

Terradepth Raises Series A Funding Toward Ocean Mapping as a Service
Terradepth will use the funding to further develop its Absolute Ocean cloud-based platform for sharing undersea data for energy, scientific, and utility use.

Teledyne FLIR Defense Works With MFE to Integrate Chemical Hazard Sensor on Drones, Spot Robot
Teledyne FLIR Defense has worked with MFE Inspection Systems to integrate the MUVE 360 multi-gas sensor into ground and air platforms for remote hazard inspections.

Kraken Completes Robotics as a Service Contract for Royal Canadian Navy
Kraken Robotics says its recently completed contract with the Royal Canadian Navy demonstrated that its KATFISH and LW-SAS systems can meet naval needs for high-quality survey data.

Overwatch Imaging Raises $11M in Series A to Scale Its AI-Enabled Airborne Imaging Systems
Overwatch Imaging, which provides precision imaging systems and onboard AI software for drones, said it plans to use its Series A funding to expand worldwide.

Sea Machines Technology Powers Rolls-Royce Expanded mtu NautIQ Crew Support Systems Line
Sea Machines has contributed its autonomy technologies to the new mtu NautIQ CoPilot, mtu NautIQ CoOperate, and mtu NautIQ CoDirect vessel systems from Rolls-Royce.

Sarcos and RE2 CEOs Talk Next Steps After Acquisition Announcement
Sarcos CEO Kiva Allgood and RE2 Robotics CEO Jorgen Pedersen discuss their complementary technologies and plans after Sarcos' $100 million purchase of RE2.

Rovco and Vaarst Receive Series B Funding for Marine Technologies for Renewable Energy
Rovco and Vaarst have received about $20 million from Legal & General Capital and Equinor to continue developing computer vision and undersea robotics for clean energy.

ARM Institute Awarded American Rescue Act Grants to Help U.S. Manufacturing Be More Resilient
The ARM Institute is participating in two projects receiving a total of $16 million to help manufacturers integrate robots into their processes and diversify supply chains.

Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation to Acquire RE2 for $100M
Sarcos is purchasing RE2 for an estimated $100 million to expand its customer base and to explore new industries.

Former Assistant Defense Secretary Becomes Board Advisor at HowToRobot and Gain & Co. 
HowToRobot and Gain & Co are enlisting the help of a former high ranking U.S. federal official as they open offices in Chicago.



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